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AZ WEEK: INTERSTATE COULD BE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ROUTE

Staff  | Arizona Public Media | Aired: Friday, August 28, 2015 

The U.S. Senate recently approved a highway funding bill that includes plans for Interstate 11, a corridor connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas. Arizona Week Friday looks at the implications for trade between Mexico and Canada. See more.

MONEY LAUNDERING RULES HINDERING SO ARIZONA INDUSTRIES

By Luis Carrasco  | Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:09 pm

Federal regulations meant to stop drug-cartel money laundering are threatening Southern Arizona’s produce industry — and leaving many cross-border importers unable to find banks willing to do business with them. Read more.

BANK CUTBACKS NEAR BORDER WORRY ARIZONA PRODUCE FIRMS

By Russ Wiles  | Arizona Republic | Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:24 pm

Money-laundering regulations have prompted big banks to close accounts near the border and in high-risk industries. Arizona businesses including those in the produce-shipping businesses are worried. Read more.

SCRUTINY OF BORDER BANK CLOSINGS GAINS MOMENTUM

By Curt Prendergast | Nogales International | Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:02 am

The former home of Banamex USA on Mariposa Road has remained vacant since parent company Citi closed the bank branch on August 30, 2013.

The debate over the partial withdrawal of big banks from the border area and its impact on border communities picked up speed last week when two U.S. senators called for a hearing on the matter. Read more.

HERE IS WHAT ARIZONA’S LEADERS MUST DO FOR THE STATE IN 2015

By Dan Nowicki, Alia Beard Rau and Mary Jo Pitzl (EDITORIAL BOARD | Arizona Republic | Posted: Monday, January 05, 2015 6:31 pm

The top priority for Gov. Ducey and the Legislature has to be properly funding education, particularly as they face a judge’s order to boost spending by more than $300 million to comply with a voter-approved measure. State leaders are appealing the decision, hoping to buy time. That’s no way to keep faith with voters or produce the educated populace necessary to build a stronger economy. Read more.

NOGALES ENTRY EXPANSION COULD BRING MORE TRADE

Astrid Galvin, Associated Press, in The Arizona Republic, Houston Chronicle and  Mohave Daily News| October 17 and 19, 2014

Officials say a years-long, multimillion-dollar expansion at the Mariposa Port of Entry here will ease trade and tourist traffic while increasing security.

A celebration last week marked the $244 million expansion to the port of entry. The port now has a dozen car lanes, a bus lane and the capacity to process more than 4,000 trucks a day. Read more.

EXPANDED NOGALES SET TO EXPAND BORDER TRADE

Luis F. Carrasco, The Arizona Daily Star | October 16, 2014

After nearly 10 years of planning and construction, Arizona’s largest port of entry is ready to challenge Texas and California as the nation’s busiest commercial crossing.

The official opening ceremony Wednesday of the Mariposa Port of Entry marked the conclusion of the nearly $250 million expansion project. Construction began in 2009 and the port stayed open throughout. Read more.

RENOVATED MARIPOSA PORT OF ENTRY REOPENS IN NOGALES

AZPM Staff, Arizona Public Media| October 15, 2014

The expanded Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales has been dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew local, state and federal officials to the border city.

Among them was Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, who enumerated the importance of the expanded port. Read more.

CHEERS AND TEARS ON TRADE WITH MEXICO
Our View: A long overdue Arizona trade office opens in Mexico City this week, but other vital services are closing.

Editorial Board, The Arizona Republic | October 4, 2014

A few balloons and some cheers, if you please, to celebrate the state’s opening of a trade office in Mexico City. It’s great news and the result of state and local collaboration as well as public-private partnerships. Read more.

‘PORT OF THE FUTUE’ WILL GROW ARIZONA’S ECONOMY
Advocates: The expanded Mariposa Port in Nogales is an entryway into the future of trade for Arizona.

Bruce Bracker and Matt Mandel, The Arizona Republic | September 29, 2014

Arizona’s stature in international trade is taking a giant leap forward thanks to the more than decade-long, behind-the-scenes efforts to promote more efficient and effective commerce.

The Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority will join federal partners to celebrate a bi-national ribbon cutting ceremony in Nogales on Oct. 15 to mark the $244 million completion of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry reconfiguration project. Read more.

TRADE THROUGH NOGALES COULD EXCEED $35 BILLION IN 2014

Arizona Business Magazine | August 20, 2014

The Nogales Port Authority Board has seen a substantial increase in truck traffic and the overall value of trade through the Mariposa Port of Entry since 2010.

The dollars of trade goods transported through the Mariposa Port of Entry, estimated at $20-$25 billion in 2011 , and is now estimated at $30-35 billion in 2014, given numbers the US Customs and Border Inspection has provided to local officials, said Bruce Bracker, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Nogales-Santa Cruz County Port Authority. Read more.

EXPANSION OF NOGALES PORT SHOULD EASE BORDER WAIT TIMES

Christa Elise Reynolds, The Arizona Daily Star | August 9, 2014

The long-awaited renovation of Arizona’s largest port of entry will be completed by the end of the month, but concerns about staffing and potential bottlenecks on the Mexican side remain.

The Mariposa Port of Entry, built in 1973, is undergoing a nearly $200 million renovation that will substantially increase the number of inspections booths and spaces. The changes are expected to speed up the flow of traffic — especially important for the produce industry. Read more.

DIRT FLYING IN NOGALES AHEAD OF PORT’S OPENING

Gabriela Rico, The Arizona Daily Star | August 3, 2014

Who says you can’t move mountains? Well, hills at least.

There once was a hill on a piece of land along the Arizona-Mexico border in Nogales.

The cost of leveling that hill for commercial development was prohibitive to the landowner. Read more.

PORT AUTHORITY CITES INCREASED VOLUME, VALUE OF PORT TRADE

Staff Writer, Nogales International | August 1, 2014

Truck traffic and the overall value of trade through the Mariposa Port have shown a “substantial increase” since 2010, the Greater Nogales-Santa Cruz County Port Authority says. Read more.

REP. MATT SALMMON: ENCOURAGING VIBRANT PORTS OF ENTRY

U.S. rep Matt Salmon, Special to The Arizona Republic | June 10, 2014

Every day, $1.3 billion in trade flows between the United States and Mexico.

As chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, I convened a hearing last week in Tucson on cross-border trade between the two neighbor countries. We explored what we need to do both in the public and private sectors to improve border infrastructure, logistics and manpower to cultivate our robust trading partnership with Mexico without letting down our guard on border-security efforts. Read more.

MEXICO IS THE NEW CHINA (AND THAT’S GREAT FOR ARIZONA)
Our View: Why the next big manufacturing boom is in Mexico, and what we stand to gain from it – that is, if our infrastructure can keep pace.

Editorial Board, The Arizona Republic | June 4, 2014

Arizona’s international border is an economic engine with huge potential, and the stars are aligning to make it more powerful yet. Mexico offers high-skill, low-cost manufacturing and easy access to the North American market. Mexico is our land of opportunity. Read more.

LISTEN TO OUR DELEGATION: MARIPOSA PORT NEEDS MORE AGENTS
Our View: Expanded port is just a lot of concrete without workers

Editorial Board, The Arizona Republic | Mar. 6, 2014

Arizona’s congressional representatives don’t agree on much. So when eight of them sign a letter, it means something.

Led by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, the state’s House delegation called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to assign 500 new Customs officers to Arizona’s ports of entry. Read more.

GOV. BREWER’S ISREAL TRIP DOES ARIZONA A BIG FAVOR
Our View: Finally she’s working with Mexico to market us as a region

Editorial Board, The Arizona Republic | Feb. 16, 2014

When it comes to international relations, business savvy is better than political sassiness. That hasn’t always been Gov. Jan Brewer’s approach to Mexico, but she’s doing the state a favor now by working with her Mexican counterpart on economic development. Read more.

MEXICAN EFFORT NEEDS SOME BIPARTISAN LOVE
Our View: Both sides must seize this opportunity

Editorial Board, The Arizona Republic | Jan. 27, 2014

Arizona has a history of working across party lines to seize opportunity. The Central Arizona Project. Nurturing the defense and aerospace industry. Wilderness designations. The Groundwater Management Act. A state version of Medicaid.

These major accomplishments happened because people of opposing political views looked past their philosophical disagreements to find common ground on which to build a better Arizona. Read more.

MEXICO HAS A BORDER, NOT A BARRIER, WITH ARIZONA

By Editorial Board, The Arizona Republic | Dec. 10, 2013

For years, Arizona looked south and saw only the border problems, not the border possibilities.

That’s changing, and a new attitude can bring big economic benefits to our state. Read more.

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