UPDATE - Eagle Pass and El Paso Border Crossings Resume 24/7 Operations with Embargo of Certain Shipments Destined for Mexico

Dec 22, 2023

BNSF has been notified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that both Eagle Pass and El Paso crossings will resume 24/7 operations at 1:00 p.m. CST. As communicated this morning, BNSF issued a temporary permit embargo affecting southbound traffic moving through Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas to Mexico. This embargo impacts all shipments excluding automotive and intermodal. Automotive and intermodal shipments, which are being managed through alternate means, are not covered by this embargo.

The purpose of this embargo is to ensure the fluidity of traffic and avoid congestion as rail operations resume across the border. While this embargo action may lead to some additional disruption to our affected customers in the short term, we are confident that this measure will provide the additional capacity needed to expedite recovery.

BNSF will issue permits on a case-by-case basis. Permit requests must be submitted one week prior to the desired shipment date. Customers can submit permit requests, as well as obtain more information, through this online form. Customers are responsible for obtaining the required permits for all cross-border embargoes with each designated interchange carrier.

About Embargoes:
Embargoes are temporary holds placed on freight to restrict the acceptance and handling of freight. You can search embargoes at the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Embargo Railinc website (enter "BNSF" in the Issuing Road field to view active embargoes).