El Paso is
both geographically and historically a
crossroads. Geographically, the city is
at the center of the U.S.-Mexico border.
For more than four centuries, El Paso
has been a natural point for both
north-south and east-west trade.
the largest city on the southern United
States border, together with its Mexican
sister city, Juarez, form the largest
international border community in the
world. The community's location, size
and legacy as a gateway for trade
between two nations will keep it at the
forefront of North American trade
activity. In 1997, 21 percent of all
U.S.-Mexico imports and 17 percent of
exports were handled through El
Paso-Juarez ports of entry.