U.S.-Mexico trade recovered levels previous to the 2009 recession, but it remains stifled by transportation bottlenecks, criminal violence, corruption and other challenges, experts at a border trade conference in Mexico City, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Hosted by the San Antonio-based Border Trade alliance and the publication Mexico Now, many speakers concluded that it is a pressing issue to improve border-crossing times for travelers, cargo trucks, and rail cars along the border. Depending on the hour and the location, crossing cargo from Mexico into Texas and other U.S. border states can take up to five hours or more, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
More than 6 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico, concluded a study of the consulting company Trade Partnership Worldwide, based in Washington, DC.
The result of the study was released by the Ministry of Economy and the American Chamber of Commerce, and these jobs are broken down in each of the 50 states of the union, with detailed figures shown on a map.