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Mexico Logistics & Infrastructure
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Baja California is Mexico’s most western state located just south of California. The Tijuana/San Diego border region is one of the largest in the world for both tourism and commercial trade.
With the enactment of NAFTA, Mexico has invested significantly in infrastructure improvements to maintain existing roads and transportation corridors, as well as investing in new infrastructure in order attract new commercial trade to the region. Years of experience between US logistics and Mexico logistics working closely together now register more than 16.9 customs interactions a year.

Mexico Highways and Transportation

Tijuana and the Otay Mesa Commercial border crossings are located just minutes south of San Diego, California, giving commercial transportation access to all major North American trade corridors and NAFTA highways. Baja California has a strong network of well-maintained highways with Highway 1 as the major artery connecting the entire state to the US via San Diego. Running east from Tijuana, Highway 2 provides direct connection to eastern commercial land ports of entry like those in Nogales and El Paso.

Deep Water Seaports in Mexico

In addition to several thousand miles of highways and railways used to move raw materials and finished products throughout the region and to major North American markets, Baja California also has one deep water port located in Ensenada. A mere 63 miles south of Tijuana/San Diego, Ensenada’s Deep Water Port is directly linked to over 60 major international commercial ports, including the global container ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Hong Kong.

Airports in Mexico and Baja California

Mexico has 65 international airports with Tijuana’s International Airport conveniently located just east of the city center taking only 10 minutes by car to reach most major industrial hubs. Executives also enjoy access to San Diego’s International located 20 minutes from the Tijuana and the US/Mexico border. The San Diego/Tijuana Crossborder Xpress (CBX) is an enclosed pedestrian skywalk bridge for Tijuana Airport passengers who need to cross the US/Mexico border as a part of their trip. US executives are utilizing this new infrastructure investment to make business travel to and from the US, Tijuana and other parts of Mexico to speed up travel and avoid driving across the border.

Mexico Utilities Infrastructure

Utility costs include electricity and natural gas costs and represent up to 8 percent of total location-sensitive costs.   Mexico has very low utility costs when compared to other major growth markets. For example, the capital of Baja California, Mexicali, lies just east of Tijuana, supplies most of its inhabitant’s electricity from hydroelectric power provided by the Colorado River.

Currently, utility costs are 4% less than in China. Within the last 2 years Mexico also made the electrical infrastructure for new facility sites easier to obtain by streamlining procedures, offering training opportunities to private contractors, using a geographic information system (GIS) to map the electricity distribution network and increasing the stock of materials.

A majority of the water supply for Tijuana is obtained from the Colorado River. The Baja California State Water Commission (CESPT) opened two new water treatment plants in Tijuana in 2010 for recycled water meant specifically for industrial use. These two new facilities were certified by the North American Bank.

Mexico Telecommunications

Mexico has a solid access to internet, telephones and communications networks and is constantly adding to its holdings especially in manufacturing clusters throughout the country. Between 2013 and 2018, the Mexican federal government will invest $100 billion dollars as outlined in the Transport and Communications Infrastructure Investment Program 2013-2018. The investment will be focus on improvements and investments, of which 45% will be used to modernize and upgrade transport infrastructure and 55% will be used for telecommunications.

Mexico Facilities & Real Estate

The Tijuana industrial real estate market offers more than 57.3 million square feet of pre-owned and new buildings throughout the city. From Class A to Class C facilities, companies will find shell, semi-finished and built-to-suit options, as well as inexpensive land for new facility construction. Tijuana has over 60 industrial parks making it one of the top four industrial markets in Mexico in addition to being one of the most mature in the country. Lease rates throughout Baja California vary depending on term, averaging $0.44 -$0.46 US Dollars per square foot.

New, Faster Processing: Otay Mesa Commercial Crossing

Otay Mesa is located just 15 minutes east of Tijuana and 20 minutes south of San Diego, California. Designated as the only commercial crossing in all of Southern California, Otay Mesa sees more than 1.4 million commercial trucks crossings into the United States a year.

A new facility located at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry was completed in 2013 by the Mexican government and has customs officers from both the U.S. and Mexico.

From laboratory rooms and cold storage, to state of the art inspection equipment, the purpose of joint operation is to speed processing of produce coming into the US. It’s these types of investments in infrastructure and import/export process improvement by the Mexican government that continue to prove the country’s dedication to increasing efficiency in trade and commerce for its region.

C-TPAT: Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

C-TPAT is a US administered customs and trade voluntary business-government program to strengthen the supply chain and border security.   It aims to reduce time and cost of cargo transportation and its release, to reduce insurance rates, and provide a competitive advantage to its participants. Companies that participate in the program also become eligible for the FAST Lane Program commercial crossings at US ports of entry.

Once certified, companies are considered low-risk, which results in speedier customs processing and fewer customs examinations. CPI can help manufacturers become certified in the C-TPAT and FAST Lane Programs as a part of administrative and shelter company services.

Mexico Imports and Exports

Not only does Mexico’s infrastructure feed right into major North American transportation routes  and NAFTA corridors, but additionally both U.S. and Mexican customs are structured for expedited processing and logistics back to the United States. With 85% of Mexico’s exports being US bound, the services infrastructure of customs houses and logistics and transportation companies are vested in quick turn around and speed to market.

Customs, Mexico Imports and Exports

Logistics companies in Mexico work closely with their US counterparts and are experts in Mexico customs regulations and US customs regulations, making the US/Mexico region the most efficient commercial transportation hub in the world. There are 49 major Mexican customs offices throughout Mexico including: 21 on the borders, 17 maritime, and 11 interior customs offices. There are also 66 border crossings throughout Mexico; 57 on the northern border and 8 on the southern border. More than 10.7 million cargo trucks cross the northern border each year. CPI works directly with customs brokers and logistics firms to provide its clients quick and effortless transportation back to the United States and import and export compliance in Mexico and the US.


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