Flooding along the Rio Grande and other rivers in Texas and northern Mexico is playing havoc with cross-border freight traffic, causing delays at truck crossings in Laredo, Texas, and forcing truckers to take long detours to cross the border.
Thousands of trucks have been caught in miles-long traffic jams on the highway linking Monterrey, Mexico, and the U.S. border crossing at Laredo, Texas. Truckers and shippers are being advised to consider alternate routes to deliver goods.
"Laredo will continue to be difficult and business will not get back to normal until late next week," said Troy Ryley, director for transportation and distribution for Transplace Mexico, the Mexican arm of the U.S. third-party logistics provider.
"The road (to Monterrey) is back open, and they are allowing a limited amount of trucks back and forth," said Ryley. "Our advice is to continue to use alternative routes, especially for urgent freight, until the situation normalizes."
Flooding has swept southern Texas and northern Mexico since June 30, when Hurricane Alex hit the region, followed by a tropical storm July 8.
Ryley traveled to Monterrey July 6 and returned to the U.S. via McAllen, Texas, July 15. "All the freight that's been held back (since the storms) is rushing toward the border. That's going to create another blockage as things begin to normalize."
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