Sonora governor outlines solution to critiques of military checkpoint from Nogales port authority

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Monday, January 23, 2023 - 5:05am
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 9:56pm

A military checkpoint far south of the border on Sonora’s most important interstate has long been a source of irritation for some cross border businesses.

In peak season, commercial trucks laden with fresh produce and other products can stack up in miles-long lines for hours-long waits to cross through the military checkpoint in Querobabi, Sonora.

Those delays, damage to goods during inspections and other impacts were the subject of a letter sent earlier this month to Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo by the port authority in Nogales, Arizona.

“The inspection point has long outlived its necessity,” said port authority chairman Jaime Chamberlain.

Chamberlain added that better technologies at a location nearer to the border could better serve the checkpoint’s purpose.

On Friday, Durazo said the issue was being reviewed, and that a pre-certification program was being considered as a way to allow many trucks to bypass the inspections altogether. Chamberlain said he’s looking forward to hearing more details.

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