Free Trade Bridge seeing influx of vehicle import traffic

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High volume of transmigrante traffic at Free-Trade Bridge at Los Indios (Source: KGBT Photo)

Ports of entries across the Valley are seeing an influx of travelers coming across the international bridges.

Right now at the Free Trade Bridge in Los Indios, hundreds are waiting to cross the border include transmigrantes like Juan Jose Amaya who imports cars from the United States to Guatemala.

“Traffic is not up to speed like it is during the summer or spring break,” Amaya explained in Spanish as he waited to cross.

“Since December 1, the speed of traffic has been very slow but it’s coming from the Mexico side,” he added. 

Amaya says he’s been waiting in line since Wednesday and he’s not alone.

Right now, a 8-mile line of hundreds of transmigrantes are waiting along FM 509.

Los Indios Chief Jose De La Rosa says the traffic is almost to San Benito city limits.

“A lot of the problem has been with the Mexican side with customs. I believe they have a new system. Their system was down for several days. So we’re working with all these agencies to move them. We do know that some of these people have been there for more than 3-4 days,” De La Rosa said.

The chief said his department is working alongside local, federal, and Mexican agencies to find a solution to alleviate traffic.

While that gets resolved, there are some precautions drivers should take to be safe.

“Be careful driving through those highways and slow down,” De La Rosa said.

For now, Amaya says he’s just ready to get across because the wait is not only costing him time but money.

We did reach out to Customs and Border Protection for comment and in a statement, they told CBS 4:

The Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios is the only crossing designated by the Government of Mexico for “transmigrantes,” essentially those individuals who are exiting the U.S and transiting Mexico with automobiles and items for resale and entry into Central America. Questions regarding traffic flow within the U.S. are best directed to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office and Los Indios Police Department, which are implementing traffic control measures.

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