NAFTA Conference Take Aways

Kudos to UCSD’s Center for US-Mexico Studies for putting together a wonderful conference on Monday. Here are some interesting facts shared at the conference:

Denise Ducheny has suggested that a rebranding of NAFTA might help : “North American Co-Production Agreement”

Russel Jones, Chairman of the Border Trade Alliance:

25% of the 20 million trade jobs in the US are related to Mexico
Half of the states in the US list Mexico as their number one trading partner- (Canada is second)
The other half lists Canada as their number one trading partner – (Mexico is second)

Here is a link from “Comercio Exterior” magazine with several interesting US-Mexico trade related articles.

“Every 100 new hires in Mexico from US companies, generates 300 new jobs in the US” – Lindsay Oldenski – (see her full report in the Comercio Exterior link)


Mexican Customs’ Modernization Plan

The Otay Mesa Port of Entry will be one of the first land ports of entry to be used as a pilot for the PITA program. This state of the art system will basically automate cargo customs clearance through a paperless and human-less process. As trucks pass through lanes of inspection, RFID technology connected to the risk management system will analyze the merchandise info and let the truck driver know if it needs to be sent to secondary inspection through a message displayed in a screen.

No booths or inspectors will be at the lanes of inspection and the system will be managed through a central computer system within Mexican Customs. Partial implementation will be in place in Tijuana, as early as June 2017.

What is PITA? – (Article in Spanish)

TijuaNotas Article – (In Spanish)

Nationwide Pilot for New Cargo Clearance/Inspections Program to begin in Tijuana

The Mexican agency, SAT, has announced that Tijuana will be the nationwide pilot for the PITA program, a cargo, vehicle and video surveillance program that will replace all other SAT systems including SIAVE. The new system is expected to dramatically speed up cargo processing times and will include non-manned booths that are geared up with RFID technology and paperless systems at the Mexican import facility at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. SIAVE is the system currently being used to “inspect” southbound vehicles. SAT is also launching DODA-QR, which will be mandatory in May of this year and will serve as temporary program, while PITA is transitioned in. DODA-QR is a one-paper system where multiple “pedimentos” can be included through a QR code. A detailed presentation will be available in the next few weeks.