Columbus, NM.- The Port of Entry (POE) in Columbus, New Mexico has gained significance in agricultural trade In the region, while the number of daily crossing increased substantially, including pedestrian traffic, according to official data.

As a result, the Federal Government authorized the replacement of this POE. Recently, federal and state officials hold a groundbreaking ceremony.

“The Columbus Port of Entry is an important gateway between New Mexico and Mexico, our state’s largest trading partner. Replacing the aging infrastructure and expanding the port will dramatically increase efficiency and expand trade, tourism, and commerce with Mexico — and improve safety for our Customs and Border Protection agents,” said Senator Tom Udall.

The new POE will be larger and more efficient and will include a new administration building with expanded pedestrian inspection area, primary and secondary passenger vehicle inspection facilities, commercial primary and exit booths, cargo building and dock connected to the administration building, expanded outside vehicle parking, seized vehicle processing area, kennel, export cargo booths, non-intrusive inspection building, bulk cargo area, and hazardous materials containment area.

The current facility was built in 1989 and will almost double its capacity to process private vehicles and pedestrians, while incorporates cargo inspection. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in February 2019.

Nancy Gonzalez/MexicoNow

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