Because of our proximity to the border, a great deal of employees are residing in Tijuana and coming to work every day to Otay Mesa. Many of these employees have a legal permanent resident card (known as green card). This permit allows you to work in the US but also requires you to reside in the US. People in this situation are not in compliance with US law and can face repercussions, such as inadmissibility into the US.
Fortunately, there is a commuter card program that allows people to work in the US and reside in Mexico. This program will allow your employees to abide by the law and be eligible for trusted traveler program, such as SENTRI and Global Entry. This can be a huge productivity boost for your companies because employees would see a dramatic reduction in wait times when crossing the border in addition to more predictable wait times, therefore decreasing tardiness to work, not to mention a significant increase in quality of life for workers.
Check out these presentations by the Smart Border Coalition that outline the key benefits and potential disadvantages of the Commuter Card Program. If you are interested in a detailed presentation about this program to your employees, please email our Executive Director, Alejandra Mier y Teran.
ENGLISH VERSION | SPANISH VERSION
Marco Nava, Operations Manager
Calle D #301
Col. Las Huertas 5ta sección
Tijuana, B.C. 22127
Tropical Storm Lidia Recovery Effort in Baja California Sur: The International Community Foundation is seeking support for the Baja California Disaster Relief Fund to rebuild this beautiful region, which is in so much need of assistance. ICF has received several requests from groups on-the-ground that urgently need our help. Please consider a contribution to help southern Baja recover.
Hurricane Irma Barbuda Recovery Effort: ICF is partnering with The Waitt Institute and Waitt Foundation to establish the Barbuda Recovery and Conservation, Trust Fund. The Waitt Foundation is seeding this Fund with a $100,000 grant and will match contributions made to this fund. Waitt staff are heading to Antigua and Barbuda to provide coordination and first-hand support.
Earthquake in Mexico Recovery Effort: Finally, any contributions to the International Relief Fund will aid in the recovery process that is required by the devastation caused by the magnitude-8.1 earthquake that occurred in Chiapas, and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City. The earthquake was registered off Mexico’s southern coast while heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east. There are reports of over 50 deaths in Chiapas, Tabasco, and Oaxaca and we are sure the region will need significant aid in the coming days and weeks.
Mexican Customs officers will jointly process cargo with CBP at the Otay Mesa Cargo Port of Entry. This new program, which has been implemented in other ports, means northbound cargo wait times of approximately 4 hours will be reduced to 30 minutes. This program is only eligible for C-TPAT certified users, which account for approximately 35% of cargo transactions in Otay Mesa. Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) is expected to be operational as early as next month.
The proposed weekday schedule for UCP is from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. The weekend schedule will be announced shortly.
The pre-inspection facility in Tijuana will continue operating for now, but the goal is to transition to UCP in Otay Mesa.
The Otay Mesa Chamber would like to commend CBP and Mexican Customs for implementing this program, which promises to increase competitiveness in our region by dramatically reducing cargo wait times.
Starting Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 3 a.m. and continuing through 12 p.m. Monday, September 25, all southbound lanes of I-5 and I-805 will be closed to traffic south of the SR-905. Detours will be provided for destinations south of SR-905 (residences, business, etc.), however, vehicular access into Mexico through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be closed. For vehicles wanting to enter Mexico during this time, a detour to the Otay Land Port of Entry will also be in place. Northbound travelers (pedestrian and vehicular) crossing the border from Mexico and southbound pedestrians crossing the border into Mexico will be unaffected.
DETOUR MAP – CLICK HERE
In order to safely construct the skybridge joining the existing administrative building to the new pedestrian building, GSA will be instituting nightly closures of the three easternmost northbound vehicle exit lanes at the San Ysidro POE. Because of this, the exit to the Rail Court off-ramp will be closed during the intermittent night closures.
The first set of recurring nightly closures start each evening at 4 p.m. and end at 4 a.m., starting on September 12 until September 16. The second set start at 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. from September 18 through December 30.
Ready and SENTRI lanes should remain open, they’ll just have to exit through the westernmost northbound vehicle exit lanes at the port.
SUBJECT: Extension of Hazardous Material Cargo Processing for Otay Mesa
OMG FREIGHT FORWARDERS LLC has the following open position:
- Minimum experience of 3 years.
- Bilingual fluent both ENGLISH-SPANISH
- Over 25 years of age preferred.
- Availability to work full time.
- Experience in Accounts Payable
- Excellent Customer Service skills.
- Basic Computer notions.
- Basic accounting notions.
They are looking for a responsible, highly energetic team player.
If you are interested and meet their requirements, please send a CV to this email:
GSA has published a website – click here – that includes live updates on the I-5 realignment. Due to these closures, expect major delays crossing to Tijuana through Otay Mesa from September to Thanksgiving.
If you are interested in the presentation from GSA on this topic, download our webinar recorded on July 25 – click here
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day.
After a united front of support and advocacy from several economic development and government organizations, funding was secured for a major expansion of the port. The scope includes the demolition and construction of the port, including primary and secondary inspection areas, administration and pedestrian buildings, and all other support structures. The project will expand pedestrian processing facilities including a new pedestrian crossing on the east side of the port that will connect with a new multimodal transportation hub in Mexico and expanded northbound inspection facilities. Additionally, there will be a new north and southbound crossing at El Chaparral/Virginia Avenue with an associated transit center.
Once completed, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes, as well as improved processing facilities for bus and Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) travelers.