The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge serves as one of the most important ports of entry for the U.S.-Mexico border. It was an $18 million dollar project that was completed in November 1994 and opened its doors on January 10, 1995, and was built 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 full-service commercial bridge crossing in Hidalgo County, it is ranked number one in the nation for the import of avocados and number two in the nation for the import of tomatoes.
Located between Reynosa and Rio Bravo, the Pharr Bridge connects U.S. 281 to the City of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, which has become a leading industrial city in Northeastern Mexico, and one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America. Measuring 3.2 miles, The Pharr International Bridge is the longest of any of the port bridges, its strategic location and updated inspection facilities naturally attract both north and southbound traffic.The Pharr crossing plays an important logistics role in the economy of the Rio Grande Valley and the surrounding regions.
As a major source of income, Pharr relies on tolls collected from Southbound traffic, ranging from $3.50 per car to $22.25 for commercial trucks. Since its opening in 1995, the Pharr Bridge has doubled its volume of imports and exports, leading to a significant increase in profits and providing the city with the financial stability it needs to improve roads and facilities, as well as attract business and commerce. 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 storage inspection units within its importation facilities.
As well as programs such as Free And Secure Trade (F.A.S.T), which allows an expedited inspection of documents and cargo, and limits crossing time on the U.S.-Mexican border. Implemented in late 2004, the FAST Program is a bilateral initiative between the U.S. and Mexico designed to ensure security and safety while enhancing the economic prosperity of both countries. 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, Tamualipas.
Importers, exporters, domestic and multinational manufacturing companies have found that using the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge as their port of entry is a great advantage to conduct their operations, and has transformed into a profit due to the regions low cost of doing business.