Governor Greg Abbott’s commercial vehicle inspection policy is starting to impact the supply chain here in North Texas.
The policy has resulted in long lines and delays at the Texas-Mexico border.
Governor Abbott is now easing restrictions at the Laredo port of entry after the governor of Nuevo Leon agreed to tighten security to prevent undocumented migrants from crossing the border.
“Since Nuevo Leon has increased security on its side of the border, the Texas Department of Public Safety may revert to its previous practice of random vehicle searches,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.
But the effects are already being felt, including in North Texas.
Todd Oliver is a local truck driver who sees backups at the border affecting local inventory.
“It’s been slow,” truck driver Todd Oliver said. “But we try to make do with what we have. Fruits and vegetables come when we have them. Some days it’s shorter than others.”
At Nogales Produce south of I-30 in Dallas, employees are restocking as best they can.
“We are heavily dependent on Mexico, crossing the border,” said Rafael Munoz, an employee of Nogales.
Knowing that their biggest commodity supplier is locked in a border battle.
Under Governor Abbott’s direction, every commercial truck entering Texas from Mexico undergoes even greater inspection, ensuring there are no undocumented migrants or drugs on board.
Governor Abbott said mandatory inspections would continue until other Mexican state governors agree to do more on their side of the border.
“Until these agreements are reached with these states, the Texas Department of Public Safety will continue to thoroughly inspect vehicles entering the United States from all Mexican states except Nuevo Leon” , Governor Abbott said.
A policy that leaves grocers and distribution centers in the lurch.
“Papayas, avocados, jalapenos, tomatoes, anything and everything that comes south of the border gets delayed,” Munoz said.
Fewer products mean higher prices.
Some orders are limited. Carlos Terrazas sells cup corn and came to buy 10 boxes of spoons.
Leaving with only two boxes due to delayed shipments.
“Customers ask for 100, they get 50. Anyone who asks for 20 gets 10,” Munoz said.
Although his work has slowed down a bit, DFW truck driver Todd Oliver is supportive of Abbott’s move.
“As a truck driver you have to be patient because it’s part of their job, the government’s job, to make sure everything is up to par,” Oliver said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that out of 3,400 border commercial vehicle inspections, 800 trucks were taken out of service due to violations related to their brakes or tires. The DPS did not specify whether migrants or drugs were discovered during these inspections.