CBP Donations Acceptance allows for further development
The City of McAllen has received notice from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that a proposal submitted by the Anzalduas Bridge Board had “been selected to engage in further planning and development activities as part of the Donations Acceptance program.” The proposal seeks to construct and donate northbound empty commercial inspection facilities as well as related infrastructure and technologies at the McAllen Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The proposal is one of four chosen from the southern border. The program will help to spur the bridge become full-service commercial. This will therefore enable the crossing of goods and products in both directions.
As our area continues to increase in trade from our neighbor to the south into the northern part of the Rio Grande Valley, the opportunity to grow our Anzalduas International Bridge traffic will help our facility become more competitive, as well as more secure by strengthening our relationship with our counterparts in Mexico as we continue to prepare for future,” said City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.
“When I created the Donations Acceptance Program, projects like this one to improve the McAllen Anzalduas Port of Entry are exactly what I had in mind,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar, who was behind the federal legislation that enabled this new project. “Our ports of entry are a symbol of the economic power of our state and our nation. Now, trade through McAllen will be faster and more streamlined.”
The program enables CBP as well as the U.S. General Services Administration to explore, foster and facilitate partnerships for both port of entry infrastructures and technology improvements. The investment for those projects are made by the local entities.