Washington, D.C., October 7, 2019
AMBASSADOR MARTHA BÁRCENA WILL VISIT LAREDO, TEXAS
The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Martha Bárcena Coqui will visit Laredo, Texas from October 8 to 10, where she will meet with the Mayor of Laredo Pete Saenz and with Congressman Henry Cuellar. She will participate in various events with local businessmen, officials from both Laredos, community leaders, and the media. Her trip will include a visit to Laredo International Bridges 1 and 2. Lastly, she will visit the Border Patrol’s North Laredo Center.
Due to Laredo’s strategic location as a border city, Ambassador Bárcena will emphasize the priorities of her government regarding relations between Mexico and the United States. She will highlight the importance of a swift approval of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA).
Laredo is the most important commercial land port in the United States and the third most important customs district in the country, after Los Angeles and New York. The Customs of Nuevo Laredo is the most important one in Mexico and the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 40% of land trade between Mexico and the United States goes through Laredo/Nuevo Laredo land port.
Mexico has a General Consulate in Laredo, which was established on December 9, 1879. Since then, consular protection was the main function of the mission. From early times, the General Consulate has played an important role since the Laredo border has been the main point of contact between major cities in Mexico and Texas and the United States.