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. Pharr ranks 4th in the nation for trade with Mexico, behind only Laredo, El Paso and Otay Mesa. Ranked as the 6th largest land port of entry in the U.S. for the import and export of perishable and manufactured goods, it was an $18 million project that 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 2,400 northbound commercial trucks and 2,200 southbound commercial trucks on a daily basis. Pharr’s import and export numbers speak for themselves, which is why regardless of the negative NAFTA rhetoric, the future still looks bright for international trade through Pharr.
Export Rankings in Pharr
No. 2 in U.S. for TVs and computer monitors
No. 3 in U.S. for petroleum gases
No. 5 for cotton
No. 6 for insulated wire and cable
No. 6 for cellular antennas, parts
Import Rankings in Pharr
No. 1 for category that includes avocados. Set 11th record in last 12 years.
No. 1 for berries No. 2 for tomatoes No. 2 for vehicle audio systems
No. 3 for TVs and computer monitors
No. 3 for navigational equipment No. 3 for electric motors
No. 3 for power tools
No. 4 in electrical panels
No. 5 for insulated wire and cable
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, gives a competitive advantage to the City of Pharr, Texas, as well as the City of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. In Reynosa, Pharr’s cross-border trade benefits 11 industrial parks and commerce service centers with a total of 166 manufacturing plants. On the U.S. side, Pharr has 55 dry warehouses and 24 cold storage and distribution centers with another 15-20 both dry and cold opening by 2020.
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 (DAP or 559), will have invested $30 million dollars 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.
Since its opening in 1994, the Pharr Bridge has more than doubled its volume of imports and exports, now growing by up to 12% yearly in exports and 15% yearly in imports. This is a testament of the future potential for the Pharr International Bridge. If you’re thinking of investing, relocating, expanding and excellence in logistics, choose the Pharr International Bridge. We are: Your Connection. Your Business. Your Bridge.
Pharr International Bridge
9900 S. Cage Blvd.
Pharr, Texas 78577
Fax (956) 781-1473