Border firms expand as exports grow - Albuquerque Journal

Border firms expand as exports grow

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

SANTA TERESA – Despite a turbulent year for trade, global exports in New Mexico grew in 2019 fueled largely by cross-border commerce.

The state’s exports to Mexico year to year went up 68% and total global exports increased by 31%, according to 2019 trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Santa Teresa port of entry and expanding industrial park are the backbone of border trade for New Mexico. Exports to Mexico year to year grew by 68% in 2019. Total global exports increased by 31% last year. (Angela Kocherga/Albuquerque Journal)

“We lead all states in the nation in those two categories,” said Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association.

New Mexico exported about $2.39 billion to Mexico last year.

“Exports to Mexico are more than half of the state’s exports, and Doña Ana County accounts for almost all of the exports to Mexico so our companies are going gang busters,” said Pacheco, who also serves as executive director of the Santa Teresa-based International Business Accelerator.

Jerry Pacheco

Santa Teresa’s port of entry and expanding industrial parks are the backbone of burgeoning cross-border trade, ranking fourth for exports and sixth in all cross-border trade.

“We’re now playing with the big boys,” Pacheco said.

The growth is also notable because it came during a year marked by uncertainty as the Trump administration threatened to close the border and slap tariffs on every product from Mexico if that country’s government didn’t do more to stop Central American migrants from reaching the U.S.

The effort to renegotiate NAFTA also had some companies on edge as the United States, Mexico and Canada hammered out a revamped trade agreement.

“It was difficult to attract clients last year with the uncertainty,” said James Robinson, president of J.H. Rose Logistics. The company experienced a slow down during the fourth quarter, but things have picked up this year, according to Robinson.

“Our first quarter seems to be cranking along pretty good,” he said.

The logistics company matches cargo loads with trucking companies.

“We’re kind of like a dating service,” Robinson said.

J.H. Rose Logistics moved from El Paso to Santa Teresa a decade ago.

“We saw Santa Teresa as a diamond in the rough,” Robinson said. One immediate benefit for trucks hauling loads from Mexico was bypassing traffic in Ciudad Juárez and crossing the border at Santa Teresa rather than in El Paso.

“Customers with a load could leave Chihuahua City and be in our city right after lunch,” Robinson said.

Santa Teresa’s industrial parks continue to expand with several construction projects. Franklin Mountain Industrial is adding 183,000 square feet of space built to spec and Admiral Cable is adding three new buildings including a 90,000 square feet of production space.

Another company, Ironhorse, is extending the Santa Teresa Gateway Rail Park by another 100 acres. A $9.88 million construction project at the Santa Teresa Jetport will improve runways, taxiways, add lighting and a new design for a to allow cargo jets to land.

Pacheco said all the growth and private investment should convince federal and state governments to fund infrastructure improvements in the region.

“We merit more attention and certainly we merit more funding to redesign the port, to expand the port of entry, more infrastructure in and around the port,” Pacheco said.

Home » News » Albuquerque News » Border firms expand as exports grow

Insert Question Legislature form in Legis only stories

Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email

taboola desktop

ABQjournal can get you answers in all pages


Questions about the Legislature?
Albuquerque Journal can get you answers
Email addresses are used solely for verification and to speed the verification process for repeat questioners.
Mourners outside Juárez facility reject claim blaze was started ...
ABQnews Seeker
People who had migrated to Juárez ... People who had migrated to Juárez and who had been in the shelter said it was impossible for migrants to start the fire because ...
Application for camp site for Albuquerque homeless withdrawn; supporters ...
ABQnews Seeker
The organization that sought to house ... The organization that sought to house homeless victims of sex trafficking in tents near the Big I has withdrawn its safe outdoor space application.
Video shows guards walking away during fire that killed ...
ABQnews Seeker
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- After ... CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- After migrants in northern Mexico placed mattresses against the bars of their detention cell and set them on fire, ...
New Mexico court weighs fight over coal-fired power plant
ABQnews Seeker
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's ... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's largest electric provider wants the state's highest court to overturn a 2021 decision by regulators who rejected a ...
‘Plant the seed’: High schoolers explore trades at career ...
ABQnews Seeker
High schoolers explored career paths they ... High schoolers explored career paths they may not have considered before at an inaugural fair hosted by APS on Tuesday.
Details emerge in stolen car crash that critically injured ...
ABQnews Seeker
Albuquerque police say a state employee ... Albuquerque police say a state employee left their work vehicle unlocked and running at the fairgrounds Monday morning before it was stolen by a ...
Four years after vetoing NM elected officials pay raise, ...
ABQnews Seeker
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has not ... Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has not yet acted on a bill that would boost the salary levels for all New Mexico statewide elected officials ...
Kyerewaa Abban-Thompson joins Lovelace
ABQnews Seeker
BRIEFCASE: She has worked as a ... BRIEFCASE: She has worked as a nurse for 18 years.
Sweet smell of success: State law now declares an ...
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico now has an official ... New Mexico now has an official state aroma. But a song will have to wait