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U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Leaders: Customs staff shortage at border hurts business

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is pushing to ease a staffing shortage at Arizona-Mexico ports of entry that business leaders say is hurting the state economy by causing lengthy waits for trucks and tourists.

The agency has struggled to attract new officers for its Office of Field Operations since announcing more than a year ago that it had been allocated 170 new positions in Arizona.

On Monday, it participated in a job fair organized by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to find candidates.

The staffing shortage is especially acute in Nogales, the closest port of entry to Tucson and part of a crucial trade corridor between the U.S. and Mexico.

Trucks carrying...