In fact, the region already may have reached that point, he said.
“A lot of the Nogales companies are setting up a small shop here so they can (serve) the East Coast, using the highway and crossing through McAllen,” he said. “This place is really growing.”
McAllen has been visited by scouts from other areas for about a year, he added.
Another South Texas advantage is a new “overweight corridor” between the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and area warehouses. For a fee of up to $80, drivers can travel the corridor even if their load exceeds the 80,000-pound weight limit. The limit in Mexico is 125,000 pounds.
In the past, the only option for overweight trucks was to unload some product in Mexico and arrange for other trucks to bring their product across.
“Now they will be able to go straight to the warehouse and do their transloading here,” Zambito said.
This is an advantage because, “The less amount of handling you do to produce, the better quality you have,” he said.
Dan Edmeier, vice president of sales and marketing for Kingdom Fresh Farms Inc., Donna, Texas, expects the highway to have an impact on how much product will come into south Texas and how fast it gets there.
“If it gets here faster, it will have more shelf life,” he said.
Blake Brandt of Brandt Produce Inc., Edinburg, Texas, said more supplies of any and all products coming through South Texas will be beneficial for everybody.
“There will be more buyers buying and more trucks to load,” he said.