Proposed Kansas City customs center stalls

| 2/8/2007

A proposed customs center near Interstate 35 in the Kansas City area that would clear U.S. and Canadian trucks for shipments to Mexico appears to be on hold.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told The Kansas City Star that no paperwork has been submitted for the proposal - and that it's "not on anybody's front burner."

The proposed facility - called "SmartPort" - would use U.S. and Mexican customs officials to inspect loads, then seal them for direct shipment to Mexican destinations without the trucks having to stop at the border.

Backers of the plan say they're still pushing ahead with the proposal, The Star reported.