Doing business in Matamoros can
be complex and difficult. Inadequate highway and crossing services can
hamper commercial activity. Since few large companies have chosen to locate
new facilities in Matamoros in recent years, the city's infrastructure has
not kept pace with needed repairs or services.
Industrial parks on both
sides of the river possess water, electricity, and gas. The price averages
are as follows:
- Water- $0.015 per US gallon
- Sewage- $0.011 per US gallon
- Electricity- $0.065 per Kw / hr
- Natural Gas- $0.197 per square-meter
- LP Gas- $0.099 per liter
- Truck use- $1.50 - $2.00 per US mile
US Customs directs commercial
crossing activity to the Los Indios Crossing, which is 15 - 20 miles
from Brownsville. The tourist and passenger crossing into downtown Matamoros
is highly congested.
Maquila employers pay State of
Tamaulipas taxes in the amount of 4% - 5% of base salaries. State of
Texas imposes franchise and sales taxes of 5.25% and 7.75% respectively.
Brownsville local taxes on sales, real property, school, bridge, road, and
college range between 3% - 4%.