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Since implementation, the UCP operation has significantly increased train capacity on the bridge. Staffing efficiencies and a streamlined NII process saves times and means more trains can cross the bridge.

Furthermore, UCP allows for an enhanced communication and working relationship between CBP and SAT. The ability to address issues face-to-face provides for more efficient and effective resolution that benefits both governments and rail industry partners.

Finally, UCP is just one component of a series of process improvements underway at and around the rail bridge to ultimately achieve greater throughput and security. The success of UCP will amplify the effects of future process and technology enhancements still to come.

As of March 2018, there were nine UCP operations along the U.S./Mexico border. As benefits are realized, additional ports have created similar pilot programs, which can be constructed to meet the needs of the local environment.

As public-private partnerships like these expand, government and industry officials will be able to collaborate and build upon these efficiencies, and new technologies can be integrated, shared and leveraged for the benefit of all. Trade between the U.S. and Mexico will likely continue to increase. Given the increasing demand for moving cargo that often outpaces the resources available to process it, UCP serves as a solution to optimize the sharing of resources to help facilitate trade more securely and efficiently.