Sept. 1, 2006
As I said on the phone, I just caught this item in today's local paper, the "Alamogordo Daily News". It is an Associated Press article about the first increment in (on?) ramping up to the NAFTA Superhighway designed to integrate Mexico, Canada, and the United States. It is an "Express Lane" through Customs at the Port of Entry in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
It reads exactly as follows: -- "SANTA TERESA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Thursday opened the first cargo lane in New Mexico equipped to use the Free and Secure Trade program, which allows low-risk shipments to quickly clear ports of entry.
One of the two cargo lanes at the Santa Teresa port was designated for the FAST program, which allows certified trucks and shipments from Mexico to be screened more efficiently and travel into the United States faster.
Under the bilateral program, the supply chain must be declared secure before certification is issued.
"Several safeguards are in place to ensure the materials are secure. We get a great level of assurance that there is a very low-risk shipment, that the potential for terrorism or other threats is minimal." agency spokesman Roger Maier said.
The Santa Teresa port of entry will offer the third FAST lane in the El Paso, Texas, area." --
If interested, the Santa Teresa Port of Entry Public Affairs Office can be phoned at (915) 633-7300 ext. 122 or faxed at (915) 633-7364. You can write P.O. Box 1439 Santa Teresa, NM 88008. Many questions arise from this story, don't you agree?
Alamogordo, New Mexico