Land Port of Entry Infrastructure Projects Fact Sheet

GSA will utilize $3.4 billion to fund 26 major construction and modernization projects at land ports of entry - critical gateways for commerce that need to be secure and efficient.

GSA has identified 26 Land Ports of Entry (LPOEs) that have the greatest need for modernization. The average age of these buildings is 40 years, which means we have facilities that have not been modernized since the 1980s.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will make long-overdue improvements for our nation’s land ports. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs that will add $3.23 billion in total labor income across the United States. It will grow the economy sustainably and equitably by contributing an additional $4.5 billion to the National Gross Domestic Product. Investments in these projects will incorporate sustainability features that will sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate environmental impact.

Supporting the Supply Chain

Billions of dollars in goods and services cross America’s northern and southern borders every day. Recent supply chain challenges have underscored the importance of strengthening America’s ports, waterways, and freight networks.

On an average day, in FY21 CBP processed:

  • $2.2 billion of imports
  • more than 160,000 passenger vehicles
  • 72,000 pedestrians
  • 34,000 commercial trucks

The volume and value trade has also risen dramatically since many of these land ports were designed. Since 1990, the value of freight shipments among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has risen by 170 percent, growing an average of 8 percent annually.

Creating Local Jobs

Modernizing the country’s land ports will create good-paying jobs for working families and opportunities for small businesses. The $3.4 billion in direct spending by GSA is estimated to:

  • Support, on average, nearly 6,000 annual jobs over the next 8 years.
  • Add $3.23 billion in total labor income across the United States.
  • Contribute an additional $4.5 billion to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • Generate hundreds of millions in tax revenue for state, local, and federal governments.

Ensuring Entry Security

These modernization projects will support the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s important mission to safeguard America’s borders and facilitate trade; and advance the Biden-Harris administration’s vision of an orderly, secure, and well-managed border.

For example, many of these modernization projects will allow CBP to more effectively deploy the latest technology to identify high risk activity and shipments, combat drug trafficking, and increase operational security.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

These projects will incorporate sustainability features that will sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate environmental impact and simultaneously increase the mission readiness of the federal government by increasing resilience to climate change. GSA is also exploring ways to minimize the carbon footprint of the materials that will be used in these modernization projects. For example, GSA is planning to use input from industry to shape its deployment of new low-carbon concrete standards for land port of entry projects, including pavement upgrades, that will call for the use of concrete with a 20% lower climate impact, where available.

Improving the Human Experience

Millions of people cross America's northern and southern borders every day. Through these modernization projects, GSA aims to improve the overall human experience during their crossing.

Innovations in security technology will optimize pedestrian and personal vehicle safety. Improved traffic flow and reduced wait times will alleviate personal stress and congestion in the community. GSA is also dedicated to providing local job opportunities which will support the local economies. And with sustainability at the forefront of design and function, GSA is ensuring a healthy future for these ports for decades to come.

Advancing Community Livability

GSA is committed to leveraging these investments in ways that strengthen the livability and vitality of communities, advance state and local community development goals, and create opportunities for local businesses.

Promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

GSA is committed to promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility by engaging local communities in projects and providing opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses to contribute to the projects.

Last Reviewed: 2022-10-05