During the year, $30 billion in imports and exports pass through Arizona’s ports, including much of the produce consumed in the U.S. during the winter. Nearly 8,000 more trucks, 400,000 more passenger vehicles and 900,000 more people entered the U.S. in 2015 through Arizona’s international ports of entry.
ADOT says those numbers speak to how critical Mexico is to Arizona’s economy. $9.1 billion in Arizona exports went to Mexico during 2015. 100,000 Arizona jobs are supported by trade with Mexico and $7.8 million is spent daily by those visiting Arizona from Mexico.
U.S. Department of Transportation figures for northbound traffic at Arizona ports of entry showed commercial trucks up 2.1 percent (388,657 total), passenger vehicles up 4.5 percent (8.9 million total) and people visiting Arizona up 4.1 percent (23.8 million total).
U.S. DOT data show that traffic has increased steadily through the years at ports of entry in Nogales, San Luis, Douglas, Lukeville, Naco and Sasabe:
Arizona also sees considerable sales tax revenue from people who pass through ports of entry to shop, not only in the border communities but the Tucson and Phoenix areas as well.