Southeastern Arizona took a small but crucial step this week toward a new port of entry after a review from the federal government. A feasibility study that began more than a year ago concluded that Douglas, Arizona, definitely needs two ports of entry at the Mexico border.
Two federal agencies, the General Services Administration and Customs and Border Protection, signed off on the study.
Cochise County supervisor Ann English attended a recent meeting with federal officials.
"If we get a commercial port in here, then we will get the industries on this side of the line that service a commercial port, and I’m excited about that," she said. She noted that the southeastern part of the state lacks industrial infrastructure and said a new shipping port will make the region more attractive.
The intended expansion will split commercial traffic away from the aging downtown port that leads to the city of Douglas.