Situated where the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico meet, a strategic location and status as the only Texas border city with a deepwater port, gives Brownsville, Texas a competitive edge, especially in the logistics and transportation cluster. The area stands out for its import-export operations; Brownsville’s largest trading partners being the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The city is also known for being a fast-growing manufacturing place with solid infrastructure and logistics, valuable resources, a young and skilled workforce on both sides of the border, and low labor costs. Brownsville and its sister city just across the border, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, comprise one of the most dynamic regions in North America: a region uniquely positioned as a hub for international trade.
The Brownsville Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a publicly-funded organization created to help companies establish or expand operations in the Brownsville area, click here for a copy of their 2014/2015 Market and Community Profile.
International Trade Gateways
The Port of Brownsville is a deep-water seaport located directly on the U.S.–Mexican border. It’s in the business of facilitating the movement of cargo worldwide, offering vessel, barge, rail, truck, and pipeline transportation. A subsidiary of the Port of Brownsville, the Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad (BRG) provides Port customers with efficient and reliable railroad service, 24/6. BRG interconnects with Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) for northbound cargo and with Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) for southbound cargo.
The Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport’s location at the crossroads of the hemisphere is a huge draw for air cargo because of peak efficiency and low operating costs. In land, an expressway runs through Brownsville, and more than 80 U.S. freight companies provide shipping, trucking and motor freight services for commercial and residential shippers from and to any point within the United States. Brownsville and Matamoros are inextricably linked: Four international bridges, with truck crossings to Mexico, offer convenient and efficient travel and transport between the two countries.
Union Pacific lines run through Brownsville, providing direct access to Mexico. From the Mexico crossing at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (the Mexican National Railway) transports railcars throughout the country. Rail service between Brownsville and Matamoros runs through multiple industrial parks, and the train crews operate on a 24-hour, six-days-per-week time frame. The Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad is a short-line railroad providing exclusive common carrier rail transportation to all facilities within the Brownsville Navigation District of Cameron County, Texas. Stretching 45 miles throughout the Brownsville Navigation District and 5 miles into the city of Brownsville itself, the tracks of the Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad provide the port and its customers with affordable, direct access to two Class 1 railroads — Union-Pacific and Burlington Northern — and an intermediate connection via U.P. to Kansas City Southern De Mexico routes across the Rio Grande.