OTAY MESA, CALIF.—Customs and Border Protection officials will open lanes at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility to process general traffic on Sundays during the busy summer travel season.
CBP officials will convert four cargo truck lanes at the cargo port to supplement vehicle traffic lanes at the adjacent Otay Mesa passenger border crossing.
The conversion from trucks to passenger vehicles will begin once commercial cargo processing at the facilities ceases at about 4 p.m. The cargo lots on both sides of the border normally process commercial shipments of merchandise from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and U.S. holidays.
CBP will utilize the additional lanes at the cargo facility every Sunday, from July 28 through September 29, staring from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. CBP at the cargo facility will also offer this service on two Monday holidays, September 2 and September 16, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The governments of the U.S. and Mexico will collaborate to route northbound passenger cars at the top of the bridge through to the Mexican Customs export lot and on to cargo lanes at the CBP cargo facility, usually used for northbound cargo traffic. From there, the traffic will make its way into the U.S. cargo facility for processing into the U.S. by CBP officers.
"We are putting additional CBP officers in the cargo booths throughout the summer in an effort to alleviate high levels of traffic historically experienced during the summer months," said Director of Field Operations for San Diego and Imperial Counties, Pete Flores. "We are pleased that the cargo facility could be employed efficiently and securely to temporarily extend the number of available passenger vehicle lanes leading into the U.S."
The temporary station will provide a full range of CBP services, to include; the ability to issue I-94 permits for Mexican travelers and CBP agriculture specialists inspections' of accompanying plants and food products.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.