The Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE) is located 42 miles south of New Mexico’s second largest city, Las Cruces, and 20 minutes from historic downtown El Paso, Texas. From the POE, Interstate 10 is an easy 12 miles on the modern Pete Domenici Highway, the newest Borderplex multi-lane transportation link.
With little congestion and short lines, the Santa Teresa POE, via its sister port at San Jeronimo is the premier driving route to and from southern Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Chihuahua, and the interior of Mexico. The POE has the advantage being in the Six Mile Overweight Cargo Radius which allows overweight trucks from Mexico to offload cargo within the zone for distribution throughout North America. In the past fiscal year, the POE processed 81,339 commercial trucks.
Open daily for commercial, non-commercial, and pedestrian traffic, Santa Teresa is the newest port of entry on the US/Mexico border. The state-of-the art facilities were completed in 1997, replacing the original port, which opened in 1992.
Customs and Border Protection officers from Santa Teresa process international aircraft operations at the nearby Doña Ana County Airport at Santa Teresa and oversee the Doña Ana County Foreign Trade Zone at the Santa Teresa Industrial Parks.