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Possible snag to KC customs facility

By AP/KWMU

Kansas City, MO – A plan to build a Mexican customs facility in Kansas City this year might be hitting a snag.

Political opponents of Mexican President Vicente Fox are trying to link the Kansas City project to a corruption investigation involving the sons of Fox's wife from a previous marriage.

A Mexican congressional commission plans to decide next week whether to request a formal briefing on the Kansas City project and the national customs system. Members of an opposition party allege the Mexican customs agency exceeded its authority in negotiating the project.

The Kansas City customs house would have U.S. and Mexican agents working side-by-side to inspect and seal trucks carrying export goods. The trucks could then cross national borders without delay on highways making up the so-called NAFTA corridor.

It's scheduled to open in May and would be the first customs facility inside the U.S. run by another country.

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