Nogales, Arizona (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Three groups of stakeholders in Ambos Nogales have now joined in public/private, bi-national partnerships to capitalize on all of Nogales’ inherent advantages in order to drive economic development in the region. The stakeholders are building on Ambos Nogales historical ability to “Get it Right” with the region’s access to trusted professionals and companies that offer generations of trade expertise and business connections. In Nogales, businessmen and customs brokers have worked alongside each other on each side of the border for 4 generations. Nogales’ long established logistics networks efficiently and effectively import, export, manufacture and distribute goods. This expertise is invaluable in matching small and medium size businesses with the resources they need to grow. These relationships have helped build international trade into the largest private industry sector on both sides of the border. In Santa Cruz County, Arizona international trade accounts for 1 of every 3 jobs and 49 percent of the county’s economic output according to a June 2013 study entitled "Bi-National Business Linkages Associated with Fresh Produce and Production Sharing" that released by the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Science. http://ebr.eller.arizona.edu/research/fresh_produce_and_production_sharing_Nogales_Santa_Cruz_County_Arizona_9_25_13.pdf
Ambos Nogales’ fount of expertise and access to trusted, deep networks of relationships are what defines their competitive advantage on the global playing field. On a regular basis, fourth-generation customs brokers on both sides of the border reach out and solve logistics problems and with just one phone call. Terry Shannon, fourth generation Nogalian and third generation in the family customs brokerage firm, points out the value of these strong business relationships: “Nogales customs house brokers operate on a foundation of trust and expertise supported by generations of knowledge. This has given them a world-class reputation in moving imports and exports across the Nogales Ports. Our brokers possess the innate ability to cooperate with other groups and individuals to gain the competitive edge in international business.“
Ambos Nogales “Gets it Right” with natural geographical advantages for international commerce. The area served as a trade corridor even before the Spanish settled the territory in the 1500s. Today, Nogales is the only place where the U.S. I-10/I-19 corridor meets the ever-growing commerce on Mexico’s Highway 15. And now, that connection will be further enhanced with the newly reconfigured $244M Mariposa port. Nogales is the best location for just-in-time delivery for Mexico's West Coast supply chain. Ambos Nogales is now deliberately and systematically leveraging these assets for the benefit of its customers.
Ambos Nogales is also poised to reap these benefits for the long term. Situated in the middle of several growing business sectors, Ambos Nogales will continue to “Get it Right” for its future customers. The Mariposa Port has always been a leading land port of entry for fresh fruits and vegetables from Northern Mexico. Current numbers indicate produce imports through Nogales amounted to 37 percent of the 10.6 billion pounds of produce imported from Mexico during the most recent produce season, up from 34 percent in 2012-13. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is located in Nogales, AZ and is a significant trust-broker between Mexican agricultural interests and the US produce import industry. The growing manufacturing industry in Nogales, Sonora even now has 100+ manufacturing plants importing raw material and equipment on a duty-free and tariff-free basis through the Mariposa Port, where they are assembled returned back to the U.S. manufacturer through the Mariposa Port.
Three groups of stakeholders in Ambos Nogales have joined in public/private, bi-national partnerships to capitalize on all of Nogales’ inherent advantages and link them to business in order to drive economic development. Their unified vision is to bring greater prosperity to the Ambos Nogales area. The stakeholder groups are:
- The Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association
- The Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority
- The Nogales Santa Cruz County Economic Development Foundation
The Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association (NCBA), working along side its counterpart in Mexico, the Asociación de Agentes Aduanales de Nogales Sonora, has one overarching goal: Providing quality, seamless services needed to move trade quickly and efficiently. The Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association (NCBA) has 16 U.S. Customs Brokerage firms assisting importers and exporters in meeting Federal requirements governing imports and exports to and from the United States. The Asociación de Agentes Aduanales de Nogales Sonora group has 26 brokers.
The Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, comprised entirely of volunteers, works hand-in-hand with the customs brokers and has spent countless hours and personal resources to lobby and work with local, state, federal and international policy-makers on behalf of the Nogales Ports. The Port Authority Board’s efforts were a key element in the $244M funding for the improvements and expansion of the Mariposa Port.
The Nogales-Santa Cruz County Economic Development Foundation is the grantee of FTZ 60, Santa Cruz County’s Foreign Trade Zone (“FTZ”). FTZs offer a tool for businesses to perform operations in the US which might otherwise incur duties and to manage customs duty payments. The EDF is currently offering 21 acres with the ability to designate and activate some or all 21 acres.
ABOUT The Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association
The Nogales U.S Customs Brokers Association is comprised of 16 U.S. Customs Brokerage firms assisting importers and exporters in meeting Federal requirements governing imports and exports to and from the United States. Brokers work closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the handling of entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for the imported merchandise of their perspective clients. The NCBA is very involved in the community, supporting numerous non-profit groups and organizations. It also champions trade and industry organizations supporting the region.
ABOUT The Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority:
Founded in December 2004, the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority brings key stakeholders from Ambos Nogales together to address issues that impact Nogales’ ports of entry. Working with local, state, federal and international partners, the Port Authority strives to improve Arizona’s largest port facilities, streamline the crossing process at the Nogales ports of entry, and enhance economic development in the Nogales-Santa Cruz County region. For more information, please visit http://nogalesport.org/
ABOUT The Nogales Santa Cruz County Economic Development Foundation: The Nogales Santa Cruz County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) works to strengthen trade and economic development in the Ambos/Nogales region The EDF assists firms operating in or interested in operating in Santa Cruz County and serves as a conduit for disseminating bi-national information of interest to business.
Sandra Kay Helsel, Ph.D.