NM’s Federal Delegation Responds to the City of El Paso’s Attempt at Skimming Santa Teresa’s Future Export Statistics

Attached is the letter from New Mexico’s congressional delegation to Customs and Border Protection pertaining to the City of El Paso’s attempt to change Santa Teresa’s port reporting code. This was an attempt by the City of El Paso to co-opt Santa Teresa’s future trade numbers with Mexico.

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Udall/Heinrich/Pearce Letter to CBP

You can read the text of the letter below:

The Honorable R. Gil Kerlikowske
Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Reagan Building
Washington, DC 20229

Dear Commissioner Kerlikowske:

We recently received the enclosed letter from the Border Industrial Association expressing concern about a proposal in the “City of El Paso 2014 Federal Legislative Agenda.”

According to the El Paso agenda, the city plans to request that “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expand the current boundaries of El Paso’s port code (2402) to include new Santa Teresa Rail Terminal located in Straus, New Mexico.” (see attached)

As you know, pursuant to federal law the Santa Teresa Rail Terminal is located within the port code for the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico. Therefor, we believe there is no rational basis to expand the El Paso port’s boundaries to include the Santa Teresa Rail Terminal and the Terminal should remain within the boundaries of the Santa Teresa port code.

We understand that extending the geographical limits of a port of entry is burdensome and would require CBP to conduct a federal rulemaking process. While we have no reason to believe CBP plans to expand the El Paso port’s boundaries, we wish to preemptively express our opposition to any effort to transfer the Santa Teresa Rail Terminal to a different port.

Sincerely,

Tom Udall
United States Senator

Martin Heinrich
United States Senator

Steve Pearce
Member of Congress

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