Why is Del Rio important to this corridor?
While the U.S.-Mexico border crossings are important centers of global trade and commerce, they sometimes fall prey to congestion and delays, particularly as supply chain security measures have increased. Not so at the Del Rio Port of Entry, which links the city of Del Rio, Texas, with Ciudad Acuna, its sister city in Mexico.
In our Port of Entry processing and crossing times for commercial and vehicular traffic is an average of between 30 and 45 minutes. That is opposed to the 10 to 15 hours it takes elsewhere for commercial traffic to cross.
In addition to speedy border crossings, Del Rio boosts the manufacturing industry in Ciudad Acuna with logistics support and a highly skilled workforce in the automotive, small manufacturing, plastics, and packaging industries. Also, the presence in Del Rio of the Laughlin Air Force Base and a number of federal agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, means Del Rio also boasts nearly 5,000 well-trained professionals in specialties such as communications, planning, engineering, operations, aeronautics, maintenance, and data processing.
But the greatest benefit Del Rio offers to companies and communities located along the Ports to Plains corridor is its example as an International Metropolitan Area (IMA). Del Rio and Ciudad Acuna operates as an international dual-city economy, exchanging products and services across the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. We are a bicultural, bilingual class of business professionals, merchants, and specialized workers who travel back and forth every day as if within a single city.
Serving as a key link between different companies, communities, and currencies is also the goal of the Ports to Plains Alliance as a whole. With transportation and infrastructure as its platform, the Alliance seeks to help the entire Ports to Plains region in the United States and beyond, improving its prospects for economic prosperity.