Anchia House Trade Committee Meets in El Paso to Consider Border Crossing Issues
On Friday, March 22, the Texas House Committee on International Trade and
Intergovernmental Affairs will convene in El Paso, Texas, at the El Paso City Hall, 2 Civic
Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901, at 9:00am Mountain Time. Committee Members will hear
invited testimony only on the topic: “Border Crossing Opportunities and Innovations.”
For 11 years in a row, Texas has led all U.S. states in total exports. In 2011, Mexico, Texas’
biggest customer, bought nearly $95 billion of Texas products, one-third of Texas’ total exports.
Four of Texas’ 28 border crossings with Mexico are located in El Paso, processing over $11
billion in merchandise in 2011.
“El Paso’s world class cross-border port and bridge facilities help keep Texas in the vanguard of
the world’s trading nations. The city offers the ideal backdrop for Committee Members to
examine the challenges facing Texas-Mexico border crossings, and the opportunities to improve
their efficiency, capacity and performance.”
Chairman Anchia is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Trade and
Negotiations (ACTPN). In January, House Speaker Joe Straus appointed him Chair of the
Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs.