Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry
The Raul H. Castro Land Port of Entry, located in Douglas, Arizona, is a critical facility for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission in southern Arizona. Today, the 4.8-acre federal facility, originally built in 1933 and expanded in 1993, is not able to fully meet CBP’s mission requirements. In its current configuration, both inbound and outbound trucks maneuver within the same undersized commercial vehicle inspection compound, which slows traffic and poses safety hazards. The port’s small commercial inspection dock consists of just five bays. Furthermore, northbound pedestrians need to cross the path of northbound commercial trucks, posing a further safety hazard for people traveling on foot.
The U.S. General Services Administration received funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the complete modernization of the facility based on the findings of a 2019 feasibility study. The project proposes relocation of commercial activities to a newly constructed stand-alone commercial LPOE 4.5 miles away. Relocating commercial operations to the newly constructed commercial port allows for the modernization and expansion of the Castro LPOE.