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Truck Blockade at Mexican Border Imperils $440 Billion Trade

  • Texas-bound truckers protest Republican governor’s clampdown
  • Protest at key bridge pushing cargoes to far-flung crossings
Trucks wait to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
Trucks wait to enter the U.S. from Mexico.Photographer: Sam Hodgson
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A Mexican truck blockade at a key Texas bridge is diverting U.S.-bound cargoes to far-flung crossings, worsening shipping snarls and raising the specter of delivery disruptions for everything from avocados to auto parts.    

Truckers on the Mexican side of the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge are protesting Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s stepped-up inspection effort. With commercial traffic at a total standstill at the customs post, 18-wheelers are being diverted to other Texas crossings, where the crush of trucks is exponentially increasing wait times to enter the U.S.