U.S. Land Port of Entry at Columbus, NM


Since its construction in 1989, screening of visitors at the Columbus Land Port of Entry (LPOE) has increased significantly. It continues to experience an increase in commercial traffic with anticipated substantial growth over the next 15 years. Efforts have been underway by the Government of Mexico to relocate their port facilities south of the border and further east. Construction of a bypass road to access these new crossings was completed in 2011.

  • The building area including canopies is 74,000 gross square feet (GSF) along with 106 outside parking spaces.
  • This POE expansion project will accommodate the increased commercial traffic circulation resulting from the bypass.
  • Columbus has also experienced significant flooding during high volume rainfall events in the past and work is necessary to prevent future flood issues from deteriorating the structures.
  • The project will expand the facilities to safely and efficiently accommodate steady increases in car, truck and pedestrian traffic as well as incorporate extensive site improvements.


  • Improved traffic flow on New Mexico State Highway 11
  • Safe processing of pedestrian traffic
  • Addresses the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements

    Tenant Agencies: DHS, CBP, ICE, U.S, Dept of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Serive, FDA, DOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and GSA.


  • New main building
  • Commercial and non commercial primary and secondary inspection facilities
  • Pedestrian processing and outbound canopy
  • Export facilities
  • Non intrusive inspection systems
  • Hazmat containment area
  • New earthen berm and drainage basin
  • Enlargement of an existing culvert
  • Outside vehicle parking
  • Inspection Kennel facility
  • Paving upgrades


  • Design 2014 to 2016
  • Construction 2016 to 2019


  • Cost: $96 Million
  • Congressional appropriations:​ $10 million for design

Last Reviewed: 2021-03-16