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Thursday, 20 September, 2001, 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK
US security hits Mexican economy

Business leaders in Mexico have warned that heightened border security after last week's attacks in the United States are threatening vital border industries.

Analysts say delays of up to 12 hours at border crossings have driven up manufacturing costs and led to slowdowns at major Mexican production plants.

At a key crossing in southern Texas, Reynosa-McAllen, three-quarters of the traffic lanes have been closed.

Companies there have reported a decline in business of up to 20%. Customs officials say a spate of bomb threats have worsened the situation, creating sporadic border closures.

Mexican President Vicente Fox has moved to calm businesses.

He said the country was prepared for any eventuality in economic matters, and that measures would be announced in the next few days aimed at freeing up Mexico's economy.

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