Gun battle in Mexican border town of Reynosa prompts FreightWatch advisory

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 10/9/2013

A reported gun battle on Tuesday in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico, has prompted a global transportation security firm to issue a warning urging truckers and shippers to avoid the area.

FreightWatch, a global supply chain and logistics firm, issued a press release Tuesday, Oct. 8, recommending that shipments “avoid the area until the situation subsides.”

“The gun battles have resulted in road closures causing shipments in the area to stage for a prolonged time, increasing the risk to the cargo,” the release stated. “FreightWatch recommends using covert tracking devices and active monitoring for all shipment traveling in high-risk areas.” 

Reynosa is located in the state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge handles 93 percent of all border crossings in that region of Mexico, according to OOIDA director of security Doug Morris.

“Reynoso is just another border town within the Rio Grande Valley that is out of control and best to avoid if you have to travel into Mexico,” Morris said in an interview with Land Line on Wednesday.

Mexican police have discovered at least three mass kidnapping operations in and around Reynosa within the past year. In July, authorities rescued 81 people who were held captive in Reynosa. And in June, authorities rescued 165 people who were kidnapped as they tried to cross into the United States, according to Morris. Another 73 suspected kidnap victims were rescued on Oct. 1, according to a report from Reuters.

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