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Tesla gets its own lane at the Mexican border after Elon Musk strikes a deal with local officials

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A Tesla Model 3.
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  • Tesla and its suppliers have their own lane at a Mexico border crossing point, Bloomberg reported.
  • The state of Nuevo Leon reached a deal to speed up transporting parts into Texas.
  • TechCrunch reported that the same privileges do not apply to vehicles entering the US from Mexico. 
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Tesla has been given its own lane at the US-Mexico border to speed up deliveries from its suppliers in Mexico, Bloomberg reported.

The pro-business state of Nuevo Leon struck a deal with Tesla and its six suppliers in the state after Elon Musk moved the company's headquarters from Silicon Valley to Texas last year.

Ivan Rivas, the economy minister of Nuevo Leon, told Bloomberg that Tesla had been given a dedicated lane at the Colombia Solidarity checkpoint to speed up the delivery of Tesla parts into the US.

"It was a simple incentive," Rivas told Bloomberg. "What we want is a crossing that's much more expedited and efficient. And maybe there will be a lane for other companies in the future like there is for Tesla."

No details have yet been given on the deal, including any contractual obligations or conditions of the agreement. 

The crossing point is relatively quiet, with the longest average wait times about 20 minutes around lunchtime.

The lane may not prove to make a huge difference, however, as the US will not give the company a dedicated lane at its own checkpoint, TechCrunch reported. 

Northbound trucks at the bridge must use cargo lanes unless they are enrolled in an anti-terrorism program, Rick Pauza of the US Customs and Border Protection told TechCrunch. "There is no separate, dedicated lane for Tesla or any specific company." 

Tesla suppliers including APG Mexico and Taiwanese-based companies EnFlex Corp have operations in Nuevo Leon. Rivas told Bloomberg he expected the EV sector to contribute between 5% and 7% of total investment in the state this year.

Tesla didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment and does not have a press office.

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