Overweight Cargo Zone

New Mexico is the only state on the border that allows for overweight cargo up to 96,000 lbs., and 18 ft. width from Mexico to enter and unload in a six-mile radius, providing a competitive edge for unloading and loading goods for transport around the U.S. and Canada.

Short Wait Times

New Mexico ports of entry typically have shorter wait times than those at other ports of entry. In 2014, the NMBA conducted a truck crossing study that supports that Santa Teresa port of entry was more efficient than the crossings in El Paso. The expansion of the Santa Teresa port of entry brought three commercial lanes and introduced a FAST certified cargo lane.

New Mexico Border Plex

In 2013, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte announced the cooperative development of a 70,000 acre, master-planned binational community to provide for large-scale industrial investments in addition to commercial and residential developments.

Union Pacific

Union Pacific’s new 2,200 plus acres intermodal facility and state of the art fueling station in Santa Teresa. Located in the middle of the 2,000 U.S. – Mexico Border, Santa Teresa is the ideal inland port to move cargo to both coasts or north to Chicago. The NMBA awarded a $1.8 million EDA grant to study the feasibility of the Mexico-USA International rail crossing at Santa Teresa.

Current Border Wait Times

Estimated wait times for reaching the primary inspection booth, the first point of contact with CBP when crossing the Canada/U.S. and Mexico/U.S. land borders. Each border location updates its estimated wait times hourly.

Santa Teresa Port of Entry Hours

Privately Owned Vehicle hours will be 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Commercial vehicle hours will be from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. These changes are effectively immediately and are only temporary due to COVID-19.

Columbus POE

Commercial lanes for the Columbus POE will be closed Thursday, 4/9/20 and Friday, 4/10/20. POV lanes and pedestrian will remain open 24/7.

Welcome to the New Mexico Border Authority

The New Mexico Border Authority is an executive branch state agency that provides leadership in the development of the state’s international ports of entry as well as serving as the Governor’s advisor and point of contact for those interested in opportunities at the ports of entry. This agency also facilitates new infrastructure, trade opportunities, job opportunities, job training capabilities and many other activities that contribute to development of a productive economy along the New Mexico border.

Latest News

July 23, 2024 NMBA Board of Director’s Meeting

The Board of Directors of the New Mexico Border Authority will convene a regular meeting, subject to the New Mexico Open Meetings Act, which may include the discussion of public policy and action on items of business provided in the meeting’s agenda. Meetings...


Small/Medium Size Businesses Federal assistance available up to $2M with a low interest rate for businesses and nonprofits. The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has created a program to assist businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit to...

Homeland Security Info

Border Patrol Agents Uncover Drug-Laced Candy, Meth, and Coke at I-5 Checkpoint

San Clemente, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-5 checkpoint intercepted two vehicles yesterday with 23 pounds of drugs worth approximately $160,000 and a variety of drug products geared towards children.At approximately 1 a.m., two men arrived at the checkpoint driving a 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan. (more)

Nogales CBP Agriculture Specialists Make Unusual Interception

Nogales, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Mariposa Port recently took possession of what appears to be the tanned hide of a large wild cat.Officials initially referred a motorhome for further agricultural inspection after initial questioning Monday. (more)

Chile Designated a Visa Waiver Program Participant

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the designation of Chile as part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Starting May 1, 2014, eligible Chilean passport holders with both an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, and an e-passport will be able to visit the U. (more)

Trade Advisory Committee Embraces President's Executive Order to Speed Exports, Imports

There was a spirit of pride when members of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, also known as COAC, met in the nation’s capital last Thursday, a day after President Obama signed an executive order to streamline the U. (more)

Building the Borderplex

Essential Services/FAQs

Essential Businesses Per Public Health Order On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order suspending operations of all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and...

Travel Restrictions at the Southern Border

The US and Mexico have agreed to limit non-essential travel at the southern border due to the COVID-19 emergency response. Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at midnight (00:00). Here’s what we know: The border is not closed! Commercial traffic...

NMBA Minimizes Face-to-Face Contact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nora Meyers SackettPress Secretary, Office of the Governornora.sackett@state.nm.us(505) 690-7313   March 15, 2020   Governor directs state government agencies to minimize face-to-face contact while continuing...