Douglas Commercial Land Port of Entry

Project Overview

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in collaboration with the city of Douglas and community stakeholders, completed a regional feasibility study in 2019 and identified the need to separate commercial and non-commercial traffic flows in the city of Douglas. Serving almost 31,000 commercial vehicles a year, the current facility, the Raul Hector Castro LPOE, is too small to efficiently process both commercial and non-commercial traffic flows. The new commercial port will be located 4.5 miles west of the Castro LPOE on an 80-acre site at the intersection of James Ranch Road and the U.S. / Mexico border. This site is being donated to the U.S. government by the city of Douglas.

The new port, which received Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding, would process commercial traffic for the binational region and would provide cross-border access between the states of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Once construction of the Douglas Commercial LPOE has been completed commercial operations will move from the Castro LPOE to the new facility.

Community Impact

This new dedicated commercial port of entry will provide Douglas, Arizona with two LPOEs and better facilitate the crossing of commercial goods, produce, and heavy mining equipment as well as act as a regional economic engine. Shifting commercial operations to the new commercial port will steer commercial traffic away from downtown Douglas as well.

Tenant Agencies

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and GSA.

New Construction

The new commercial port in Douglas will be constructed in a single phase and will include the construction of:

  • Primary commercial inspection booths and canopy
  • Administrative and support buildings
  • Enclosed secondary vehicle inspection docks
  • Employee parking
  • Hazmat building
  • U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) facility

Project Schedule

  • NEPA Start - Spring 2022
  • Award A-E Bridging Contract - Fall 2022
  • NEPA Complete - Fall 2023
  • Bridging Design Complete - Fall 2023
  • Award Design-Build Contract - Spring 2024 *
  • Project Substantial Completion - Spring 2028

* Construction contract is dependent on resolution of schedules for site utilities and roadways.

Funding

Funding has been programmed consistent with CBP's 5-year plan to deliver a fully functioning port as established in the Spending Plan submitted to Congress in February 2020. A master plan for the two Douglas ports will further define the construction phasing and funding needs within the $3.4 billion provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Site to be donated by the city of Douglas

Environmental Review

The Environmental review is being addressed with a programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance. The EIS will address both the Raul Hector Castro LPOE modernization and expansion project as well as the new Douglas Commercial LPOE.

Last Reviewed: 2022-08-24