Skip to comments.Coming soon to U.S.: Mexican customs office
Posted on 06/07/2006 4:06:12 PM PDT by dennisw
Kansas City is planning to allow the Mexican government to open a Mexican customs office in conjunction with the Kansas City SmartPort. This will be the first foreign customs facility allowed to operate on U.S. soil.
City leaders voted last month to give the facility an innocuous name to hide its true identity as an arm of the Mexican government, staffed by Mexican officials.
In fact, Kansas City is so enthusiastic about the opportunity, the cost of building the $3 million dollar facility for Mexico will be paid for by Kansas City taxpayers, not by the Mexican government.
The current plan for the NAFTA Super Corridor calls for the construction of a 12-lane highway (six lanes in each direction) along Interstate 35. The Kansas City SmartPort is designed to be the central hub in the planned NAFTA north-south superhighway cutting through the heart of the United States.
Supercargo ships, carrying goods made by cheap labor in the Far East and China, will unload in the Mexican port at Lazaro Cardenas, eliminating the need to use costly union longshoremen workers in Los Angeles or Long Beach. Rather than transporting the containers by trucks from the West Coast, using Teamster drivers, or on rail, with the assistance of railroad labor in the United Transportation Union, the containers will be loaded onto Mexican non-union railroads at Lazaro Cardenas. At Monterrey, Mexico, the containers will then be loaded onto Mexican non-union semi-trailer trucks that will cross the border at Laredo, Texas, to begin their journey north along the Trans-Texas Corridor, the first leg of the planned continental NAFTA Super Corridor.
To speed the crossing at Laredo, Texas, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America working groups within the U.S. Department of Commerce will allow Mexican trucks to be equipped with electronic FAST technology so the trucks can cross the border in express lanes.
At the Kansas City SmartPort hub, the containers can be transferred to semi-trailers heading east or west, or simply stay on the Mexican trucks all the way into Canada.
According to the SmartPort website, in March 2005, Kansas City signed a cooperative pact with representatives from the Mexican state of Michoacan, where Lazaro Cardenas is located, to increase the cargo volume between Lazaro Cardenas and Kansas City. The whole point is to move cargo fast, using cheap, below union-wage scale Mexican workers to move the containers from Asia into the heart of the USA.
Shipments will be pre-screened in Southeast Asia, and the shipper will send advance notification to Mexican and American Customs with the corresponding ''pre-clearance'' information on the cargo. Upon arrival in Mexico, containers will pass through multiple X-ray and gamma ray screenings, allowing any containers with anomalies to quickly be removed for further inspection.
Container shipments will be tracked using intelligent transportation systems, or ITS, that could include global positioning systems or radio frequency identification systems, and monitored on their way to inland trade-processing centers in Kansas City and elsewhere in the United States.
As the Kansas City SmartPort website brags: ''Kansas City offers the opportunity for sealed cargo containers to travel to Mexican port cities with virtually no border delays. It will streamline shipments from Asia and cut the time and labor costs associated with shipping through the congested ports on the West Coast.''
Kansas City Southern, or KCS, has just completed putting together what is being called ''The NAFTA Railroad.'' On Jan. 1, 2005, KCS took control of The Texas Mexican Railway Company and the U.S. portion of the International Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
Then in April 2005, KCS purchased the controlling interests in Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana, which KCS promptly renamed the Kansas City Southern de Mexico, or KCSM.
Again, the Kansas City SmartPort website notes that ''Kansas City Southern is installing Spanish-language versions of its computer operating system (MCS) in an effort to increase train speeds, reduce waiting times at terminals and enable the free flow of locomotives and rail cars between the United States and Mexico via Kansas City Southern's railroad bridge at Laredo, Texas.''
No stop is planned for customs inspection for KCSM trains until the Mexican customs facility located at Kansas City. The only security check planned at the U.S. border with Mexico is electronic, with the KCSM railroad moving along pre-approved KCS rail lines.
Yippee! I can get all the banned goodies I want on the NAFTA Express! Thank you NAFTA!
Oops forgot /sarcasm
You've got to be SHI#$%@ING me American taxpayers putting up $3mil for a MEXICAN building. Are they out of their minds.
Well it looks like its going to produce a lot of jobs. Spending money on this makes a lot more sense than having to pay for new Baseball and Football stadiums.
If I'm ever in the area...I'll be sure to use the front entrance as a commode.
Driving trucks, another job American's won't do.
Which means that a container with enough lead can be loaded with nukes and drop shipped all the way to the interior of the USA without being checked once.
I wonder if the Chinese have bought the plans for the Tsar Bomba and what a 100MT explosion would do to KC and the surrounding area. I bet the fallout pattern would cripple us.
Not that anything is preventing anyone from doing the same right now.
More wage suppression, less security, .5% short eterm increases in profits. Sounds like a Bush-Dem plan for sure.
"Well it looks like its going to produce a lot of jobs. Spending money on this makes a lot more sense than having to pay for new Baseball and Football stadiums."
Yeah, most of those jobs will go to the illegal termites that have infested this country. You'll probably be ecstatic over that.
"City leaders voted last month to give the facility an innocuous name to hide its true identity as an arm of the Mexican government, staffed by Mexican officials."
Shouldn't this read: "corrupt" city leaders voted last month to give the facility an innocuous name to hide "their" true identity as "pawns of the Mexican government -- on the take -- and traitors to the American people."
What? Trade is good. This is going to br major for there area and makes a lot of sense.
In a written release from the city, Dérbez said that roughly $400 billion in trade occurs between Mexico and the United States and that the new Kansas City-based customs office and trade corridor probably would double that amount.
"Through the plan, Kansas City's rail, highway transportation and foreign trade warehousing groups would partner with their Mexican counterparts and market themselves jointly to Asian, Central American and other foreign companies that want to cut distribution times and costs, the city said in the release."
The jobs that will spin off this could be substantial.
It's a pipe dream that will never happen.
I am not sure where Corsi is getting that the officals in Kansas City are trying to hide something. I appears it been all over the news in the papers there.
Sort of related here.
Mexican agency OKs KCS purchase of railroad stake
Kansas City Business Journal - October 6, 2004
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A Mexican agency has approved Kansas City Southern's new application to buy Mexican partner Grupo TMM's interest in their jointly owned Mexican railroad, TFM.
Warren Erdman, KC Southern's vice president of corporate affairs, said Wednesday that approval by Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission was required for a foreign company to become a majority owner of a Mexican railway company. The commission's approval will remain valid until Oct. 5, 2005.
Before that deadline, KC Southern (NYSE: KSU) hopes to negotiate the purchase of Grupo TMM's 48.4 percent share of Grupo TFM, the holding company that owns TFM. KC Southern owns 46.6 percent of Grupo TFM, and the Mexican government owns the rest.
KC Southern hopes to buy a controlling interest in TFM and combine it with its U.S. railroads under a new name: Nafta Rail.
"This is very good news for us," Erdman said. "It means the Mexican government has approved our investment in the controlling interest in TFM. Now we will be working with TMM to hopefully close on that deal."
KC Southern thought it had a deal in April 2003, when TMM agreed to sell its controlling interest in TFM for $412 million and its interest in the Texas-Mexican Railway Co. (Tex-Mex), a short-line railroad that connects the Kansas City Southern Railway with TFM, for $32.7 million.
TMM officials reversed themselves in August 2003, calling off both deals. But TMM agreed to sell Tex-Mex on Aug. 16 of this year.
Around the same time, a U.S. arbitration panel found the TFM purchase contract to be valid and directed TMM to work with KC Southern in good faith to complete the sale.
"We, too, are pleased by the decision, which is another important step in our efforts to complete a transaction with KCS," TMM Chairman Jose Serrano said in a written release.
KC Southern ranks No. 16 on The Business Journal's list of area public companies
>>At Monterrey, Mexico, the containers will then be loaded onto Mexican non-union semi-trailer trucks that will cross the border at Laredo, Texas, to begin their journey north along the Trans-Texas Corridor, the first leg of the planned continental NAFTA Super Corridor.<<
Non-Union?! Oh, the horror. Next thing they'll want free speech and lower taxes - where will it end? /s
One of the small ironies of allowing Mexican trucks to travel thoughout the U.S. (I'm not sure if they've started yet) was the fact that most (if not all) of the largest Mexican trucking companies were bought by U.S. firms in anticipation.
How is our culture and sovereignty being affected here. Is the Republic going to fall because products made in Mexico are coming in here.
"Is the Republic going to fall because products made in Mexico are coming in here."
No, it's because we have no borders to keep your countrymen out.
Actually, I tried to warn people about this (and the takeover of the US gypsy trucking industry legally by Mexicans via treaty) a couple of years ago. The Mrs. first heard about it during a Commerce Dept. conference concerning NAFTA II. (She has very good sources, being a business/technical editor.)
The bots went berserk at the inference W was selling us out.
They aren't going berserk any more. I am smug.
Well I was not aware that either.It does makes sense though.
I hope so. Because it sounds even worse than what Bush and the Senate are trying to sell Americans...
This is interesting. It seems like the sleepy Mexican Town is about to explode in growth. I wish they would accelerate the building of I-69. Its going to run near my home. Maybe we can benifit a little off all this trade
"I am not sure where Corsi is getting that the officals in Kansas City are trying to hide something. I appears it been all over the news in the papers there."
I think the point was that they TRIED to hide it, quote:" City leaders voted last month to give the facility an innocuous name to hide its true identity as an arm of the Mexican government, staffed by Mexican officials"; not that they succeeded. This very report shows that they haven't.
If by gypsy trucking you mean point-to-point hauling within the U.S., then I am aware of no treaty that allows Mexicans to perfom this task. A Mexican wishing to haul intra-U.S. would have to comply with any visa requirements, or work as an illegal.
We all know that's a problem, but to blame it on some unnamed treaty is going too far.
"I wish they would accelerate the building of I-69. Its going to run near my home. Maybe we can benifit a little off all this trade"
---Remember, be careful what you wish for. Can you imagine it now, illegals being dropped off back of semi trucks, gallon jugs with piss being left on the side of the road and litter problem around your neighborhood will get worse and possibly abandoned truck trailers. Don't shoot the messenger ;)
Once we have comprehensive immigration reform that won't be a problem
The author of the article Jerome Corsi was a recent guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and painted a pretty bleak picture for the future of the US as a sovereign nation with clearly defined boundaries. The NAFTA Super Corridor is Bush's little "coup de grace" that will effectively dissolve the southern border with Mexico. It will be the Aztec Autobahn.
Read the article carefully and see if I'm right -
The first Mexican customs inspection these Chinese and Asian imports receive will be in a Mexican customs office in Kansas City. Asian container ships will offloaded in Mexico onto trains that will be sealed until they get to Kansas City. Where they will get their Mexican and US customs inspections
Asian goods will also come here by truck from Mexico and with different inspection procedures
Actually, both NAFTA II and the Carribean Basin Initiative were both gutted by Congress (the latter due to business interests dealing with China bribing/lobbying the House), but the Mexicans are still coming. There's a third wave of treaties headed down the pike which will probably be dragged into the sunlight after the elections. The Commerce Department is concentrating on developing India and China right now.
VERY interesting things going on in the Indian IT industry right now, by the way...
Shipments will be pre-screened in Southeast Asia, and the shipper will send advance notification to Mexican and American Customs with the corresponding ''pre-clearance'' information on the cargo.
The Kansas City Council last year approved a $2.5 million loan to SmartPort to build the 26,000-square foot customs facility on city-owned land in the West Bottoms east of Liberty Street and mostly south of Interstate 670.
Nonprofit SmartPort would lease the site from the city and repay the loan over 10 years with user fees paid by international shippers.
So its a loan. Corsi is again a little messy with the facts.
...legal...there's that word again...
We've hundreds of thousands of illegals working here in NC. A couple of days ago, four of them just wrecked a company truck out on Hwy 64 near my old house, nearly killing a bunch of commuters.
The Highway Patrol let them go with a ticket. The local newsies id'ed them as illegals.
...a provision in NAFTA allows Mexican citizens to own and operate trucking companies in the US, which is fine...and the currently allowed provisions of NAFTA II (which are on the books) allow Mexican trucks and drivers to operate within the US already...they're coming, all right, legally.
The holdup was that US safety rules were disallowed for these trucks, and some people complained about that. Imagine!
Indeed. [bursting out in laughter--you are just funnin' me, right?]
Actually, I tried to warn people about this (and the takeover of the US gypsy trucking industry legally by Mexicans via treaty) a couple of years ago.
No treaty. Not legally. Three strikes, and I'm outta' here.
I just called downstairs to the Mrs. (who wrote the article last year). She says the Mexican driver thing was a non-legislated "regulation" allowing Mexicans to drive across the border; it had nothing to do with the treaty. I was wrong.
The effect is the same. They're a'comin'...
The only way a Mexican national can come to the U.S. (and my immigration law is somewhat hazy) in order to set-up a trucking company is to demonstrate to the immigration authorities that 1. he provides a unique service in demand (not), and 2. he has statutorily-set boatload of cash to invest (not). In other words, there is no legal way to do it, other than buying stock in an already-existing American trucking company.
In sum, you have been deliberately led to confuse cross-border trucking with trucking in general. Whoever did it succeeded mightily.
I lost track of the issue since, but the Supreme Court ruling allows Mexican trucks into the interior of the U.S. That is still a far cry from performing the same task as our gypsy independents. The various special-interest groups aligned against the issue were the unions and the Greens. I remember being bombarded in 2004 with their propaganda in the press ("allowed to operate," sounds sinister doesn't it?--Mexicans will be doing the Detroit-Chicago run!). Don't fall for it.
I'll worry about it when Lou Dobbs starts shrieking about the latest form of invasion. I figure it'll happen when enough corporate suits find a way to use it to make a biiiiig profit.
/just funnin' about Lou Dobbs
The Mrs. said that the trucking provisions weren't in the treaty. They were binding regulations added later. That's what I mixed up...and that's why she gets paid to be the journalist, and I don't...
The link in my above reply says that the provisions were in NAFTA.