Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry

The Raul H. Castro Land Port of Entry, located in Douglas, Arizona, is a critical facility for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission in southern Arizona. Today, the 4.8-acre federal facility, originally built in 1933 and expanded in 1993, is not able to fully meet CBP's mission requirements. In its current configuration, both inbound and outbound trucks maneuver within the same undersized commercial vehicle inspection compound, which slows traffic and poses safety hazards. The port's small commercial inspection dock consists of just five bays. Furthermore, northbound pedestrians need to cross the path of northbound commercial trucks, posing a further safety hazard for people traveling on foot.

The U.S. General Services Administration received funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the complete modernization of the facility based on the findings of a 2019 feasibility study. The project proposes relocation of commercial activities to a newly constructed stand-alone commercial LPOE 4.5 miles away. Relocating commercial operations to the newly constructed commercial port allows for the modernization and expansion of the Castro LPOE.

Aerial view of a grouping of low buildings and surrounding pavement and parking lots and parked cars, and lines of vehicles waiting to go through a border check under a covered area

LPOE details

Fact sheet: Raul Hector Land Port of Entry [PDF - 3 MB]

Address: 15 Pan American Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607

Year constructed: 1933

Port size: 4.8 acres

Budget: $165 million – $185 million

Primary tenant:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Average yearly border crossings:
1.5 million vehicle crossings
29,000 commercial vehicle crossings
683,000 pedestrian crossings

Current status

GSA recently completed a draft environmental impact statement and awarded an architecture and engineering services contract in February 2023. The A/E contractor will develop a master plan design and draft preliminary concept documents to address modernizing and expanding the port’s privately owned vehicles and pedestrians inspection facilities while relocating commercial vehicle inspection to a new, planned commercial port.

Environmental review

GSA began its programmatic environmental impact statement process in Spring 2022 and will continue to evaluate the potential impact of the modernization and expansion project through Fall 2023. As part of the EIS process, GSA will conduct public meetings to gather input from the local community and key stakeholders. The EIS documents are available for review.

Local updates

Traffic advisories

There are no traffic advisories currently in place.

Project news

Feb. 10, 2023
GSA Awards Architecture and Engineering Contract for Castro Port of Entry’s Expansion Funded by Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

June 13, 2022
GSA Helps City of Douglas Transform into a 21st Century Commercial and Tourism Hub

Feb. 25, 2022
New Douglas Commercial Port included in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Project timeline

Planning Design Construction

Environmental impact assessment
Spring 2022–Fall 2023

Architecture and engineering services contract award
February 2023

Design-build contract award
Fall 2027

Construction start
Fall 2028

Substantial completion
Fall 2031

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

We received $3.4 billion to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. The law provides funding for LPOE modernization projects that will create new good-paying jobs, bolster safety and security, and make our economy more resilient to supply chain challenges — all while serving as models for sustainability and innovation.

Sustainability opportunities

We will increase energy and water efficiency (including renewable energy and fossil fuel free measures), adhere to sustainable design principles, and minimize climate risk liabilities above the minimum performance criteria in a manner that is life cycle cost-effective.

Community impact

The modernization and expansion of the Castro LPOE will help improve the traveling public’s experience by relocating commercial vehicle inspection operations to the new commercial Douglas LPOE as well as a proposed increase in the number of vehicular and pedestrian inspection booths from 7 to 10 and from 3 to 6, respectively. This will provide CBP with additional inspection capacity and help reduce northbound border wait times.

Last Reviewed: 2023-03-21