June 25, 2024

Next phase of new Douglas port of entry approved

The decision comes after nearly two years of environmental review.

Raúl Castro Crossing hero The port of entry in Douglas, Arizona in April 2016.
Steve Riggs, AZPM

Commercial inspection at the border in Douglas will officially relocate upon completion of a new port of entry, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.

The existing Douglas port, the Raul H. Castro Land Point of Entry, is currently unable to meet the demands of Customs and Border Patrol at its current size, according to the GSA. It has only five inspection bays, and is now too small for the state’s commercial traffic.

The General Services Administration has chosen to renovate the existing Douglas point of entry while simultaneously building a new entry point a few miles away.

The new port, paid for by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will allow Customs and Border Patrol to permanently relocate commercial inspection to the new location, in an effort to streamline trade and travel.

The decision marks the end of a nearly two-year environmental review of the new location that examined impacts on wildlife and environmental justice concerns.

The new Douglas Land Port of Entry is 4.5 miles from the existing port, and GSA officials estimate the project budget to fall between $170 million and $220 million.

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