Border Communities

Border Communities

Arizona’s border communities, our shared gateway
Arizona’s border communities, our shared gateway

Arizona’s border communities are the state's gateways for the flow of international trade and tourism. Arizona’s international land ports of entry are located in six border cities: Douglas, Lukeville, Naco, Nogales, San Luis, and Sasabe. Together, Arizona land ports of entry are the gateway for more than $15 billion worth of trade annually, including $7.5 billion in exports to Mexico and $7.9 billion in imports from Mexico.

Arizona’s land ports of entry are also the primary gateway for millions of visitors to Arizona from Mexico, more than 9.4 million cars and 25 million people in 2017. The primary issue impacting the flow of people at the border is the time it takes to cross the border. Through multiple infrastructure investments totaling over $800 million over the past decade and the deployment of trusted traveler programs like SENTRI and trusted shipper programs like C-TPAT and FAST, along with innovative programs like Unified Cargo Processing, Arizona’s border offers unique opportunities for companies that rely on just-in-time manufacturing supply chains and handle perishable commodities like produce.

With waiting times measured in minutes to cross the border, Arizona offers many competitive advantages for companies that want to expand or invest in cross-border business opportunities. It is estimated that between 70-80% of sales tax revenue generated in Arizona’s border communities can be tied to visitors from Mexico. The Arizona-Mexico Commission works to support our border communities by supporting investment in infrastructure and driving economic development. What happens at the border is of critical importance to the entire state and the nation.

Arizona’s border communities, our shared gateway