A Mexican customs facility is scheduled to open in Kansas City, MO, in May, but a political scandal brewing south of the border could cause problems for the
If it is opened, the $3.1 million facility would allow customs agents
from both the U.S. and Mexico to inspect and seal trucks full of export goods
and send them back out onto the North American Free Trade Agreement Corridor.
An estimated 600 trucks per day could pass through the customs facility,
according to The Associated Press.
The AP reported
than an investigation into the activities of the stepsons of Mexican President
Vicente Fox has drawn attention to the Kansas City project, and not in a good
A Mexican congressional investigation is under way regarding
allegations that the sons of Mexico’s first lady were involved in importing
contraband from China. The congressional commission is considering requesting a
formal briefing on the Kansas City project and the national customs system.
Lawmakers from Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party claim that Mexico’s customs agency overstepped its bounds in negotiating the project with the U.S. and they are concerned that corruption could reach that office as well.
However, trade analysts have dismissed the inquiry – which is sponsored
by opponents of Fox – as little more than election-year politics as opposed to
actual concerns over trade between Mexico and the U.S., The AP reported.
Mexico’s presidential elections are scheduled for July