Skip to comments.U.S., Mexico negotiating to set up customs port in Kansas City
Posted on 11/16/2005 4:53:04 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
KANSAS CITY, MO. -- Shipping U-S vehicles and electronics to Mexico may become much cheaper and faster next year. That's when the first Mexican customs facility in the U-S is expected to open in the Midwest.
It's nearly one-thousand miles to the border from Kansas City. But the area will soon start building an inland port to whisk thousands of trucks through export inspections and back onto the North American Free Trade Agreement corridor.
The three (M) million dollar facility is expected to be approved by the U-S and Mexican governments by year's end.
Chris Gutierrez with nonprofit Kansas City SmartPort says the complex is scheduled to open next May.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner has said the pilot proposal is "bold and imaginative" and could transform Kansas City into a major new trade link.
Is this the corridor that has yet to be built?
Gee! Drugs will get here faster this way.
Can we ship some of their "citizens" back faster, too?
I think it is great.
And maybe counterfeit cash for Arizona, too. I hear there is now a shortage. Here's the funny article about it:
RED BALL EXPRESS.
No stops, no waiting.
Kansas City? Nothing further from Mexico could be found?
I love this part:
However, investigators did say an Avondale couple arrested in the scheme tripped up when they sent a printer, which was jammed with counterfeit bills, out for repair.
Quebec was number one on the list but they declined the offer. (They said two languages was more than enough, thank you.)
More dumb ass free trade deals with the racist nation that inundates us with their unwanted brown skinned citizens. Money driven. The big money guys and importers love this kind of nonsense where Kansas City has a customs office. How unique. How clever!
Wasn't Kansas City on the Santa Fe trail anyway i.e. the first U.S. Mexico trade route?
Yeah, the counterfeiter probably woke up at 3 am and said, "Oh, $hit! I effed up!"
Then the doorbell rang. "Open up. Joe Arpaio here to see you."
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When Sean Hannity urged Chertoff to quadruple Border Security patrols, Chertoff shrugged it off blaming a lack of sufficient border security on "training restraints."
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Janet, another petition to sign!
YEAH RIGHT!...this is made to ship our stuff 'TO MEXICO'...
Thanks, DD. Signed and forwarded to others who will definitely be interested.
SmartPort elects officers for 2006
A transportation lawyer who has served as chairman of Kansas City SmartPort Inc. for the past year has been re-elected for a second term.
Ken Hoffman, lead transportation lawyer for Kansas City law firm Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP, will serve another year as chairman of Kansas City SmartPort, the organization said in a news release Wednesday.
The nonprofit economic development organization, financed by the transportation and logistics industry, works to promote Kansas City as a transportation hub and attract freight-based businesses to the area.
KC Hopes To Be Major Trade, Distribution Hub
Before the next Fourth of July, Kansas City expects to have a full-time port of entry operating -- a Mexican port entry.
KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that it will be the first in the nation and it is a sign that Kansas City is trying to become the trade and distribution center of North America.
Kansas City became a big city because it is centrally located, a jumping-off point to the trails of the West, then as a trade center for farms and cattle of the Midwest. But now, Kansas City wants to be the distribution and transportation center for North America, Mahoney said.
Look at a map and you will see that six major railroads intersect in the metro, along with three interstate highways, and there are more than a dozen sites with foreign trade-zone designations. Washington will add $4 million to track it all by computer.
"So we are the next coast. We have everything the port cities do," said Chris Gutierrez of KC Smartport.
"We also have one other thing they don't have: We have land," said Dr. James Daley, of Rockhurst University's School of Management.
The big problem with the docks on the coast, especially the West Coast, is that they are backing up. Freighters wait for days to dock, then cargo containers set unattended and are rarely inspected.
Here is where the "Kansas City Coast" comes in. Kansas City Southern's railroad line runs to the Mexican border. KC Southern bought the Mexican National Railroad, which ends at the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas. It is a $1.4-billion gamble by the railroad on Kansas City's future as a trade center.
"We certainly have bet the railroad on it. It's easy to see how you could start at the Mexican port and bring goods into the Heartland of America via the NAFTA corridor," KC Southern's Warren Erdman said.
It is an area running right up the railroad line and Interstate 35 through Kansas City to Canada. Some people believe it holds the potential to make Kansas City the North American trade center.
"And when you add the Mexican and Canadian populations, we become the economic center, if you will," Daley said.
Mahoney reported that it would help the region's already strong truck industry and attract more distribution centers and the $10.15-an-hour jobs that come with it. After products get to a distribution center, they are often finished off and then shipped out.
The Claycomo Ford Plant is already doing that at the new Interational Freight Gateway -- the old Richards-Gebaur Airport. The center ships Claycomo's Mazdas out on trains. That shipping advantage helps keep Claycomo competitive.
It is something that could also help what may be the area's only weak transportation link -- air freight, which is a critical factor in a just-in-time market.
"And if you're talking about sourcing or selling quickly outside the states, you're talking air cargo because of time sensitivity," Daley said.
Mahoney reported that this is not just a concept. Mazda's moving cars right now. By the summer, the Mexican government will be in Kansas City's West Bottoms. The city will spend $3 million to build a Mexican customs house on Liberty Street, clearing American goods, mainly grain exports headed south.
"The 21st century will have a different concept about borders that we have previously had," Mexican foreign minister Geronimo Gutierrez said.
But there are no sure shots. As protesters at the Latin America Trade Summit earlier this month proved, international trade can be volatile. Mahoney reported that critics continue to rip into the North American Free Trade Agreement for hurting American workers whose jobs go to Latin America.
If this is the success boosters want it to be, the roads will have many more trucks than they do now.
"It's the railroads and the trucking companies and the distribution companies that are paying for this initiative and trying to attract it because we're the logical place," Gutierrez said.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Graves Announces Funding for
SmartPort International Processing Center
Funding to expand international trade and
improve Kansas City's regional economy
(Washington, D.C) U.S. Congressman Sam Graves announced that he has secured $750,000 in funding for the Kansas City SmartPort International Trade Processing Center in the H.R. 4818, the FY 2005 Omnibus spending bill passed by the House on Saturday, November 20th.
The Kansas City SmartPort International Trade Processing Center is a regional effort to implement, operate and market a bi-state, regional international trade processing system in greater Kansas City.
"This funding is critical for our region's economy," said Graves. "Our economy increasingly depends on opening foreign markets to products and services of Kansas City."
SmartPort would relieve congestion at America's borders and process trade shipments in the heart of the country. When in operation, the port will increase the Midwest's economic vitality by improving access to international markets and facilitate international trade.
"Kansas City SmartPort appreciates the continued support from Congressman Sam Graves," said Chris Gutierrez, President of KC SmartPort. "This funding will be used to develop pilot projects using new technology to allow freight shipments to move to, from and through Kansas City more efficiently, more secure and more profitable for area transportation companies and shippers."
Graves was successful in securing $500,000 in funding for SmartPort in the FY 2003 spending bill.
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