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International Access

A Hub City

Port of Harlingen- Connected with the World

Located 25 miles inland of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Port of Harlingen sits on more than 2,000 acres of land at the southern tip of Texas on the Arroyo Colorado River. This shallow draft port serves the growing South Texas region and is an integral part of the local economy, generating more than $1 billion in economic activity through imports and exports and more than $17 million in local and state tax revenue and supporting the workforce through job creation.

Boat on Port of arroyo colorado river in harlingen

The port’s strategic location provides easy access to rail, air and international highways, allowing for the global distribution of goods. Its connection to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which stretches from the Mexico border along the Gulf Coast to Florida provides access to deepwater ports throughout the Gulf Coast as well at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), allowing access along the eastern seaboard up to Boston, MA.

Free Trade International Bridge - Los Indios Bridge, Gateway to Mexico

With the shortest wait time for commercial vehicles in South Texas, the Los Indios Bridge connects the United States-Mexico border cities of Los Indios, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Its location eight miles south of Harlingen provides quick and easy entry into Mexico and direct access to the highly industrial area of Monterrey and its suburbs, along with other Mexican cities. 

Free Trade Bridge

Valley International Airport - Air Cargo Hub of the Rio Grande Valley

Harlingen’s Valley International Airport works closely with some of the world’s most successful cargo carriers in the world - Federal Express, Southwest Air Cargo, DB Scheneker, DHL, and Continental Airlines Cargo. Development of the NAFTA CargoPort™️ has aligned the airport to be the air cargo hub of the Rio Grande Valley. 


The adoption of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement mutually benefits trade between countries, leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth, as well as strengthens North American Trade in Agriculture, important aspects positively affect trade between Harlingen businesses and Mexico and Canada.