Nogales Means Business on a Global Scale

Due to its proximity to the international border, Santa Cruz County (especially Nogales), thrives on tourism, international trade, manufacturing, and services. An Enterprise Zone community, Nogales boasts a 200 year history of entrepreneurship, mercantilism and international trade.


Today, international commerce is of vital importance to the Nogales economy. Mexican shoppers crossing the border on a daily basis generate over 60% of Nogales’ sales tax. Nogales, Arizona and its sister city, Nogales, Sonora, are home to one of the largest cooperative manufacturing (maquiladora) clusters and the largest port of entry for Mexican produce—over four billion pounds of fruits and vegetables enter through the Mariposa Port on an annual basis.


To learn more about available business services, visit the Nogales Community Development website.

Nogales International Airport accommodates 2,000 monthly flights

Interstate 19 in Nogales connects to Mexican Federal Highway 15 and US Interstate 10


Key Port Position in the Southwest

Arizona is ranked first in the nation in projected job growth and economic growth prospects. Nogales, Arizona has the #1 Port of Entry in the entire Southwestern United States and is the exclusive gateway for international interstate, air and rail service along 700-miles of the U.S.- Mexico border between Texas and California. This gateway community hosts five international ports. It’s no wonder Nogales is a great place to do business! “Great weather, great people, great business advantages…why would I do business anywhere else?” Nogales, Arizona is the Southwest’s key gateway, and the county seat and economic heartbeat of Santa Cruz County. Nogales is safe, friendly, accessible, and open for business.


Nogales is Arizona’s International Gateway and the ideal place for international commerce and trade. With unparalleled customs and international business expertise readily available, businesses are sure to cut costs and maximize profits in Nogales. Nogales boasts low utility rates, a bilingual workforce, no municipal property tax, and more. Here are just a few of the business friendly features of Nogales:


  • Safe & Friendly Community
  • AZ’s #1 Port of Entry— Mariposa, Deconcini, & Morley Ports of Entry
  • Int’l Trade Expertise
  • FTZ #60
  • No Municipal Property Tax
  • Toll Free Border Crossings
  • Prime Land to Develop
  • Biz Friendly Government
  • Bilingual, Eager Workforce


To learn more about Nogales, Arizona’s key port position in the Southwest, visit the Nogales Economic Development Foundation website.


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