BROWNSVILLE — Commercial trucks will experience shorter times at Veterans International Bridge thanks to a move by Mexican Customs to ex-tend its weekday hours of operation.

The new hours, announced Monday, are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, effectively immediately. Mexican Customs extended its hours of operation by three hours to bring them more in line with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which operates until midnight on week-days.

The “misalignment of resources” has long been a problem that has caused slowdowns at the port-of-entry that impede cross-border economic activity, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela’s office.

The issue was highlighted at an October Binational (BiNED) Economic Development meeting hosted by Vela and Homeland Security Secretary Alan Bersin, said the statement. BiNED’s mission is to create an economic “mega-region” along the U.S.-Mexico border with a focus on advanced manufacturing.

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