Pharr International Bridge
Luis A. Bazan
The Pharr International Bridge allows for safe, orderly and efficient crossings for commercial and non-commercial vehicles. We do this by proactively implementing local, state and federal policies and procedures, coordinating bilateral efforts with government agencies, trade associations and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. We deliver on our commitment striving for excellence in logistics by offering the safest and most efficient full-service commercial crossing in the South Texas region.
After a year filled with challenges…
10 stats, 10 stories
Everything, it seems, was turned upside down in 2020, in Pharr, in Texas, in the United States, in Mexico and around the world. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, trade continued to flow, albeit at a sometimes staccato, sometimes erratic pace. The good news is that after a tough second quarter, things generally began to improve, at least in the world of U.S. export-import trade.
Here are 10 items for you to take away:
1. Let’s start with the big picture. The decline in value of exports and imports crossing the Pharr International Bridge was in line with the U.S. averages.
2. Yes, Pharr exports declined a touch faster than the U.S. average in 2020, but they surpassed $10 billion for the ninth straight year.
3. Imports fared better, falling less than the U.S. average in 2020. Three perishable categories registered gains while a fourth, a $1 billion fruit, fell only slightly.
4. Pharr is the second busiest border crossing in its Customs district, which runs from Del Rio to the northwest to Brownsville to the southeast.
5. Looking at Pharr’s top 20 exports, its national ranking with 10 improved when compared to other airports, seaports, and border crossings. It was unchanged with six and declined with four.
6. On the import side, it was six that improved, eight stayed the same and six declined.
7. Pharr doubled its market share for exports of electronic ignition equipment over the last five years.
8. You can see a similar story with avocado imports. Pharr’s percentage of U.S. imports up, of imports from Mexico up, and Mexico’s percentage of total U.S. imports up.
9. Pharr leads the nation in berry imports and is on track for another record-breaking year.
10. Pharr exported $2.48 billion in the natural gas category in 2020.
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge serves as one of the most important commercial ports of entry for the U.S.-Mexico border. Pharr ranks 3rd in the nation for trade with Mexico, behind only Laredo and El Paso, and currently ranks as the 7th largest border crossing in the U.S. in terms of value for imports and exports.
Servicing the Automotive, Energy, Technology and Produce Industries, over 120,000 commercial trucks cross north and south through the Pharr Bridge on a monthly basis. These shipments consist of the following goods and commodities:
Top 5 Exports
No. 1 Natural Gas
No. 2 Gasoline
No. 3 Motor Vehicle Parts
No. 4 Insulated Wire
No. 5 Computer Chips
Top 5 Imports
No. 1 TVs, Equipment
No. 2 Avocados
No. 3 Berries
No. 4 Insulated Wire
No. 5 Electrical Switches