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Tesla's private Texas border crossing lane is for part suppliers rather than its electric car owners

Tesla's dedicated lane crossing on the Mexican side (image: Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone of Nuevo León/Bloomberg)
Tesla's dedicated lane crossing on the Mexican side (image: Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone of Nuevo León/Bloomberg)
Despite speculation to the contrary, the exclusive Tesla lane on the Nuevo Leon-Texas border crossing is not for Tesla car owners to be able to go through the border formalities quicker than other drivers. It's been established by the Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone of Nuevo León with the sole purpose of facilitating parts shipments from the six state factories that are Tesla suppliers.

Tesla's suppliers are seemingly treated with privileges at the Texas border crossing with the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon by getting a dedicated lane for faster shipping of components for the Giga Texas factory. Nuevo Leon generates 8% of the country's GDP despite having only 4.6% of the population, riding on the wings of business activity enhancements like Tesla's own private border crossing.

Back in April, the Nuevo Leon State Government headed by Governor Samuel Garcia, together with the Secretary of Economy Maestro Ivan Rivas Rodriguez, and the General Director of the Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone of Nuevo Leon Dr. Marco Antonio Gonzalez Valdez, met with Houston authorities at a luncheon aimed to facilitate the economic activity between the two states.

The topics focused on infrastructure projects like modernizing the area around the Port of Colombia, the bridge directly connecting Texas and the Mexican state. Besides resurrecting an old railroad and building a new cargo airport around it, the project includes relocating key exporting factories closer to the crossing, including ones that work with Elon Musk's company.

While the relocation is shaping up, the General Director of the Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone tried to facilitate the work of those suppliers by allocating them a special lane at the border crossing, complete with its own Tesla sign above. Needless to say, the goal is to make the Tesla supply chain component crossings and related paperwork faster and more efficient as the company is ramping up its Giga Texas factory production. According to Ivan Rivas, Nuevo Leon’s minister of economy:

It was a simple incentive. What we want is a crossing that’s much more expedited and efficient. And maybe there will be a lane for other companies in the future like there is for Tesla.

For now, the dedicated Tesla crossing is on the Mexican side of the border only and may be diminishing the waiting times of parts suppliers from one of the six such factories in Nuevo Leon down from the usual 22 minutes on average, to the 8 minutes that the participants in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program can expect to wait on the US side.

Mum's the word why other vehicles besides cargo trucks and Tesla cars have been spotted using the lane, but in any case the Texas-Mexico border crossing facilitation is apparently not intended for regular Tesla car drivers to be able to shuttle back and forth with greater ease than those mere mortals with other brands of vehicles.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2022-07-22 (Update: 2022-07-22)