Crossing Borders: CBP Resumes International Rail Operations in Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas

December 22, 2023

Amidst mounting pressure from farm groups, railroads, and lawmakers throughout the week, it was announced on Friday that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has reopened the rail crossings at both Eagle Pass, TX, and El Paso, TX.

The Montana Grain Growers Association expressed relief at the resumption of traffic and extends gratitude to all colleagues who worked tirelessly over the past few days. In particular, thanking the staff of Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester for their swift support.

In response to the reopening, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North America Export Grain Association (NAEGA) issued the following statement:

The NGFA and NAEGA are pleased to see the reopening of the Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas railroad crossings to allow for the immediate passage of trains between the United States and Mexico. The North American agricultural supply chain is deeply integrated. Any closure of crossings into Mexico is unacceptable and significantly impacts the flow of grain and oilseeds for both human and livestock feed to one of the United States’ most important export markets and trading partners.

“We call on the governments of the United States and Mexico to continue to dialogue and to put in place measures on both sides of the border to ensure this does not happen again. The free flow of trade across the border is critical to food security for our countries and the region at large. A plan must be in place to keep the border open to commerce between our nations.

“NGFA and NAEGA are particularly appreciative of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for their unwavering support and tireless efforts to convince the Department of Homeland Security and CBP of the importance of reopening these crossings to agriculture trade between the United States and Mexico.”

Source: Western Ag Network