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Market Access

Poised for Economic Success in Logistics and Transportation


Connected by water, rail, highway, and airway to the industrial heart of the nation,  Rio South Texas is the "front door" to the United States. With nine land ports-of-entry, one deep water seaport, four U.S. airports and one Mexican airport, this land of plenty is strategically positioned for business success. 


Distance to Markets

Rio South Texas provides a full range of resources and infrastructure for the manufacturing and just-in-time supplier. Emerging global shipping and distribution trends make Rio South Texas attractive because of its distance to markets, both domestic and international. As it stands, Asian, European, and South American goods arrive at U.S. ports on the west, east and southeastern coasts respectively, and then the goods must be shipped to multiple distribution centers across the country to be assembled and staged for sale.

Due to its coastal location and the strong presence of other modes of transportation to transfer commodities to and from local, regional, national and global markets Rio South Texas is an ideal location for business that requires significant transportation resources.

Distance to Markets (1)


Distance in Miles

Drive Time

 Houston, TX


5 hrs 50 min

 Dallas, TX


8 hrs 15 min

 New Orleans, LA


11 hrs 30 min

 Tulsa, OK


12 hrs 30 min

 Albuquerque, NM


15 hrs 45 min

 Phoenix, AZ


18 hrs 22 min

 St. Louis, MO


18 hrs 45 min

 Denver, CO


20 hrs 30 min

 San Diego, CA


22 hrs 40 min

 Laos Angeles, CA


23 hrs 50 min

 Las Vegas, NV


24 hrs 30 min

Distance to International Markets (2)


Distance in Miles

Drive Time

Reynosa, Tamaulipas


26 min

Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas


46 min

Matamoros, Tamaulipas


1 hr 10 min

Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas


1 hr 40 min

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon


2 hrs 45 min

Mexico City


13 hrs 30 min

 Sources: (1)  Rand McNally, http://www.randmcnally.com/; (2) www.ask.com; (as of May 2009)


Land Ports-of-Entry 

There are a total of eleven international bridges in the region, with a twelfth under construction, directly linking its neighboring state of Tamaulipas in Mexico. Numerous commercial and non-commercial bridges connect the counties of Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron to some of Mexico’s larger and economically-viable cities such as Reynosa and Matamoros and the rest of the world.
The Anzalduas International Bridge opened in December 2009, connecting South McAllen/Mission to the southwest area of Reynosa. This bridge provides the quickest, most direct route from Hidalgo County to Monterrey and provides a straight connection between the industrial parks in McAllen/Mission and Reynosa. The TFM provides rail service to and from the Port of Brownsville and Mexico directly, and the Alliance Bridge, set to open in 2010, will connect the city of Donna in eastern Hidalgo County to the Mexican city of Rio Bravo. For more information, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/border/sfatb1.html


Hidalgo County
Progreso-Nuevo Progreso Bridge
Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge
McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa Bridge
Los Ebanos Ferry
Anzalduas International Bridge
Donna Bridge 
Cameron County
B&M Bridge at Brownsville
Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates 
Gateway International Bridge
Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios
 Starr County
Starr-Camargo Bridge
Roma-Ciudad Miguel Alemán Bridge


By Air

Rio South Texas has several public and commercial airports able to accommodate large aircraft and are some of the most accessible in the region.


Name / ID

Associated City

Longest Runway
Length / Width



Brownsville/South Padre Island International (BRO)

Brownsville, TX

7,399 x 150



Valley International (HRL)

Harlingen, TX

8,301 x 150



South Texas International  (EBG)

Edinburg, TX

5,000 x 75



McAllen Miller International  (MFE)

McAllen, TX

7,120 x 150



 Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration Airport Master Records as posted on  www.gcr1.com (as of March 2009)


Or By Sea

With multiple water ports, both shallow and deep water, Rio South Texas is capable of transporting millions of tons of cargo for import and export, and like our airports, our water ports provide a great degree of accessibility allowing quick shipping to both domestic and international locations.

Nearest Seaports



Port of Brownsville

Deepwater seaport

Two miles from City of BrownsvilleReady access to Gulf of Mexico and Rio Grande RiverGateway to Mexico's industrial center

Over 230 companies located here

Access the port via ocean vessels, barge, truck  transport, rail and air service

Foreign Trade Zone

Over 2,300 acres are available for usage

Many sites are rail served

Port of Harlingen

Shallow draft barge port serving US markets to the Great Lakes

Over 1,300 miles of protected waterway

125 ft wide x 12 ft deep channel supplied by the Arroyo Colorado fresh water river

Over 150 acres of on-and-off channel sites available for industrial use

Many sites are rail served

Port Isabel

Deepwater port serving Mexico, Central and South America, and US markets

Home to more than 27 businesses

45 acres, large and small parcels, are available for lease

36 ft controlling depth

1,000 x 1,500 foot turning basin allows maneuverability for vessels up to 700 ft long

Port Mansfield

Land and dock leases for both commercial and private  uses

Covered and uncovered boat stalls

3,200 ft paved and lighted airfield for public use

Source: Texas Ports Association ( http://www.texasports.org) and Port websites (October 2010)

Motor Freight / Contract and Parcel Carriers (partial list)

FedEx (www.FedEx.com)

Three cargo airports:

UPS (www.UPS.com)

- Valley International

Southwest Cargo (www.swcargo.com)

- Brownsville International

BAX Global (www.baxworld.com)

- McAllen Miller International

DHL (www.dhl.com)


Continental Airlines Cargo (www.cocargo.com)


Road and Rail

Rio South Texas is served by US Expressway 83, a 6 lane divided highway, U.S. 77, a 4 lane divided roadway, and US 281, a 4 lane divided roadway, which is a designated I-69 corridor. U.S. Hwy 281 and 83 connect the region with I-37 and I-35 running North and South. The I-69 corridor, extending from Mexico City to Canada, will run through Rio South Texas and connect with other Interstate Highways throughout the U.S.


As the home to several Foregin Trade Zones and numerous industrial parks, Rio South Texas has an abundance of warehousing space in close proximity to major transportation routes. See the properties available in the Rio South Texas region.