International Trade & Logistics

Imperial Valley is emerging as Southern California’s newest hot spot for growth. Its unique culture blends two different countries, the United States with Mexico due to its geographic location along the international border.


Imperial Valley’s Advantages:

3 Ports of Entry Connecting U.S.A. with Latin American Markets utilizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 



Value of Trade Between US & Mexico through Calexico Ports of Entry


Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, TransBorder Freight Data

Border Crossings at the Calexico-Mexicali Ports of Entry 2014 & 2015


 Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of  Field Operations

Foreign Trade Zone #257

Available industrial and commercial land with Foreign Trade Zone status. Imported materials or merchandise imported into the zone are excluded from customs duty and excise taxes until they leave the foreign trade zone. Materials and goods exported outside the U.S. are excluded from being charged duty.

International Logistics

- Three ports of entry with Mexico. One of them under expansion worth 98,000,000 USD

- Specific planned areas: Mesquite Lake (5,100 acres) and Gateway to Americas (1,700 acres)

- Railway access to Los Angeles, San Diego, Arizona, and mainland Mexico and road access to 1-8 and 1-10


EB-5 Visa Program consist  of a minimum investment of $500,000 USD in the Imperial Valley. Qualifying investors and their spouse and minor children (under 21) will be granted U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card)

Export & Imports

EX-IM Bank export credits, Small Business Administration (SBA) consulting, and partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service for bi-national trade shows, and other support activities


Additional Resources:

California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies

San Diego and Imperial District Export Council

Imperial Valley Foreign Trade Zone - ITC Diligence, Inc.

San Diego World Trade Center

U.S. Border Crossings Statistics



For more information, contact Timothy E. Kelley at

Printable International Trade & Logistics/Imperial Valley Fact Sheet


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