Pharr International Bridge
The Texas Corridor to International Trade
Luis A. Bazan
The Pharr International Bridge allows for safe, orderly and effcient crossings for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles. This is done by proactively implementing local, state, and federal rules and regulations as well as acting as a liaison with governmental agencies and business owners in the USA and Mexico on behalf of the City of Pharr. Furthermore, we deliver on that commitment by striving to excel in having the fastest crossing time as well as being the only full-service commercial bridge in the region.
The Future for Trade is in Pharr
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge serves as one of the most important gateways for the U.S.-Mexico border. Ranked as the 6th largest land port of entry in the U.S. for the import and export of perishable and manufactured goods, the $18 million project was completed in November 1994 and opened its doors on November 16, 1994, built upon the foundation of NAFTA to handle both commercial and passenger operated vehicles. The land port of entry crosses on average over 120,000 vehicles each month. Serving as the only regional full-service commercial bridge crossing, it is ranked number 1 in the nation for the import of avocados and berries, as well as number two in the nation for the import of tomatoes. Important rankings in manufacturing include, number two in the nation for vehicle audio systems, and number three for TV monitors, cable boxes, electric motors, navigational equipment, power tools and petroleum gas.
The Pharr border crossing plays an important logistics role in the global economy with direct connectivity to freight corridors through land, air and sea. The Pharr Bridge’s strategic location, surrounding infrastructure, services and potential for growth, give a competitive advantage to the City of Pharr, Texas, as well as the City of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. New infrastructure projects and improvements inside the U.S. port of entry, as well as in Mexico, will streamline the truck/cargo inspection process, allowing for better flow, maximum efficiency, increased capacity and reduction of wait times. By 2020 the City of Pharr, through CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program (or 559), will have invested $15-20 million in infrastructure improvements. These improvements, along with the new access to Mexico customs and the modernization of both import and export lots in Reynosa, will benefit trade for the next 25-30 years. Importers, exporters, domestic and multinational manufacturing companies have found that using the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge as their port of entry is a strategic advantage to conduct their operations, and has transformed into profits due to the region’s low cost of doing business and its direct access for distribution to clients and consumers.
As the only full-service commercial bridge in the region, the Pharr Bridge is known for its state-of-the- art technology that includes X-Ray, GAMMA Ray inspection equipment, and cold inspection units within its importation facilities. In the next few years, Pharr will build two additional commercial entry lanes/booths, two additional commercial exit lanes/booths, sixty additional docks spaces and 6,000-8,000 additional square feet of cold inspections units, as well as an agriculture lab and training center. Programs such as FAST, which allows an expedited inspection of documents and cargo, and limits crossing time on the U.S.-Mexican border are a top priority at the Pharr port of entry, as the number of certified cargo companies in both manufacturing and transportation is increasing. Mexico and the U.S. are also exploring the possibility of unified cargo processing in order to expedite the flow of commercial traffic for companies taking advantage of the C-TPAT program.
Since its opening in 1994, the Pharr Bridge has doubled its volume of imports and exports, growing by 4-5% yearly, leading to a significant increase in profits despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry. is is a testament of the future potential for the bridge. With over $30 billion in trade with Mexico and the world, the Pharr Bridge continues to break import-export records. If you’re thinking of investing, relocating, expanding or just plain better logistics, choose the Pharr International Bridge. Your Connection. Your Business. Your Bridge.
Pharr International Bridge
9900 S. Cage Blvd.
Pharr, Texas 78577
Fax (956) 781-1473