Tesla has managed to wrangle its own lane for crossing the US-Mexico border, according to a Bloomberg report. Now a sign sits at the one of the lanes at the Colombia Solidarity Border Crossing, emblazoned with the sleek and all-caps logo of Tesla. The crossing spans the Rio Grande and connects the Mexican state of Nuevo León and Webb County, Texas.
The economic minister of Nuevo León, Ivan Rivas, told Bloomberg that the lane is to ensure that Tesla suppliers can cross the border quickly and circumvent long wait times. The crossing is supposed to make transportation for goods “more expedited and efficient.” Rivas said there might be a possibility that other companies might have such lanes in the future.
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Since 2021, Tesla has increased its number of suppliers in Nuevo León to six, up from zero. While the electric carmakers have dedicated considerable time to being able to scale up production with new facilities in Texas and Berlin, the most recent quarter hasn’t been encouraging for investors as it dropped deliveries for the first time. The maverick founder of SpaceX, Musk has said that his car company was going through “supply chain hell.”
Interestingly, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) seems unaware of the development. A CBP press officer, Rick Pauza told Gizmodo that he was unaware of such a lane being built, however, he went on to mention that the Defend Trade Secrets Act would prevent him from talking about the new lane even if he wanted to.
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Pauza later emailed Gizmodo saying that while the federal agency would not be able to speak on the development of the lane on the Mexican side, there are only the Free and Secure Trade program lane for eligible companies and the northbound cargo lane, both of which are available for northbound commercial trucks.
By all indications, it looks like the Mexican government has opted to provide special treatment to Tesla. There are no dedicated Tesla passenger lanes on the U.S. side of the border.