Nuevo Laredo s a city in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Rio Grande, across from the American city of the same name. Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area which includes Laredo, Texas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Colombia, Nuevo León, & Villa Hidalgo, Coahuila.
The city is connected to Laredo, Texas by three international bridges and a rail bridge. The city is larger and younger than its American counterpart.
Nuevo Laredo (along with Laredo, Texas) is the most important trade border crossing of Latin America (approximately 8,500 trucks cross the border each day). Its geographical position has enabled this city to grow and specialise in the international trade business. Nuevo Laredo has a very developed logistics and transportation industry, complemented with a variety of hotel chains, restaurants and a cultural centre where events such as the Tamaulipas International Festival take place.
Nuevo Laredo is on the primary trade route connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico. Both Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas are now the gateway to Mexico's burgeoning industrial complex, offering diverse markets, business opportunities and profit potential, which both business and industry cannot find anywhere else. Nuevo Laredo is the only Mexico/U.S. border city strategically positioned at the convergence of all land transportation systems. The main highway and railroad leading from Central Mexico through Mexico City, San Luis Potosí, Saltillo and Monterrey join with two major U.S. rail lines at Nuevo Laredo and major American highway Interstate 35, thus offering fast access to the most important metropolitan areas and seaports of Texas, as well as northern states and Canada. For more than a decade, Mexico's economic policies have greatly increased Mexico/U.S. trade and cross-border production in the Nuevo Laredo area.
There are three bridges in the Nuevo Laredo area: International Bridge #1; International Bridge #2 (Juarez-Lincoln); International Bridge #3 (Free Trade or Libre Comercio Bridge).
Nuevo Laredo is a strategic investment point. On this site there are six recognised industrial parks: Oradel Industrial Center, Longoria Industrial Park, Rio Bravo Industrial Park, Modulo Industrial America, FINSA Industrial Park, and Industrial Park Pyme.
Nuevo Laredo has a population of over 373,725 people. Nuevo Laredo also forms part of the wider Nuevo Laredo metropolitan area which has a population of over 636,516 people.