Posts tagged ‘inspections’
This week, the San Diego Union-Tribune covered recent trends of border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana — quoting Crossborder Group’s President, Kenn Morris, and highlighting some of the firm’s recent research. “It is great to see the U-T covering such an important aspect of our binational economy. This is an area that has been in steady decline since 2003, but is finally starting to show signs of stabilization,” states Morris. “There’s really a huge lack of data available about who’s crossing the border and why — something that our own team at Crossborder Group has been trying to solve with periodic at-border surveys.” Current plans are, in fact, underway by Crossborder to conduct these surveys on a quarterly basis to create more real data, and up-to-date information regarding border crossers and their impact on the binational region.
If you’re seeing bright yellow shirts with the US-Mexico region and big words saying “CrossborderSurveys” on them… then you know that Crossborder Group staff is hard at work conducting at-border surveys!
Over the next few weeks, you’ll find our crews at the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro Ports of Entry, surveying northbound border crossers about a variety of subjects. Beyond questions related to crossborder shopping and economic impacts, we’re also collecting some insights about crossborder insurance and perceptions of security.
One other new set of data also will relate to time: we’re doing some random sampling of car crossings to better understand the time-savings for inspections of SENTRI versus regular cars crossing at those POEs. Look for some new reports and data coming out in late-April — and feel free to contact us at Answers@CrossborderBusiness.com if you have any questions!
A January USAToday article commented on the possible impact of US passport requirements for those crossing the border to enjoy the upcoming, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The relatively new land border identification requirements (which went into effect in mid-2009) might not only impact border crossers for the Olympics, but have had an ongoing impact on short-term tourism (“day-trippers”) in Mexican communities along the entire US-Mexico border. While additional research in 2010 is needed, the USAToday article quoted Crossborder’s President and CEO, Kenn Morris, on the impact these requirements have had (combined with other factors, including the economy, border waits, and security concerns).
You can download the article here [PDF]: 100106-USAToday-USBorderRequirements-Hilite
Crossborder Quoted in L.A. Times: Border Waits “Add Another Brake to the Cross-border Economic Engine”
Reporter Rich Marosi of the L.A. Times did a great job in this November 2009 article covering the implementation (and impacts) of Mexico’s new inspection system for southbound vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico border. Crossborder’s President also got a good quote in — to highlight the likely economic implications (and the need for more infrastructure investment at our borders).