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Mexicali is the capital of the State of Baja California in northwestern Mexico, situated on the US-Mexico border with Calexico, California. Many of its residents have called Mexicali home for generations. With a population of over 1 million, modern infrastructure and secure industrial parks, the city has become a hub for large industrial manufacturers.

Mexicali is the capital of the State of Baja California in northwestern Mexico, situated on the US-Mexico border with Calexico, California. Mexicali is Mexico’s 13th largest city and the 2nd largest population in the region of Baja with over 1 million residents. Despite this fact, Mexicali is one of the safest cities on the US border.

Many of its residents have called Mexicali home for generations. The city boasts modern infrastructure and secure industrial parks. In recent history, the city has transformed from a focus in agriculture to a hub for large industrial manufacturers, most of which are maquiladoras.

The list of international businesses that have established manufacturing in Mexicali is impressive. They include Kellogg’s, Gulfstream, SunPower, UTC Aerospace Systems, Honeywell, GKN Aerospace, Collins Aerospace, Price Pfister, Mitsubishi, Kwikset, Daewoo Electronics, Autolite, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Bosch, Goodrich Corporation, LG Electronics, National Oilwell Varco, and Kenworth.

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There are many good reasons for the growth of the city and its relationship with manufacturing and processing. Trade with Mexico has been on the rise for decades, but there continues to be new developments that improve the reasons and appeal for US and Canadian based companies. Mexicali is growing quickly due to the relationship it has with international businesses seeking to manufacture products at affordable prices. Trade agreements such as NAFTA and the more recent USMCA have made Mexicali an attractive location for US and Canadian based businesses. Additionally, the IMMEX program, which allows foreign manufacturers to transform goods without paying VAT, has also improved the economics of establishing manufacturing plants in Mexicali.

Along with affordable industrial leasing costs, Mexicali’s workforce of skilled and unskilled assembly workers has a much lower wage than their US counterparts. There is ample land space for industrial development in Mexicali. Class A concrete tilt up construction in secured industrial zones is commonplace.

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International companies are finding that Mexico has as many advantages for manufacturing compared to China. Not the least of which is proximity to the United States which results in lower shipping costs, faster shipping times and less inventory. Mexicali is 109 miles from Tijuana International Airport and 120 miles from San Diego International Airport. Additionally, the commercial seaport of Ensenada is 170 miles away, and the port of Long Beach is 231 miles away.

Experience the advantages of foreign manufacturing along with the convenience of close proximity to the US in Mexicali, Mexico. Contact us at 619.661.1261 or sales@tacna.net and let us show you how easy it is to move your manufacturing to Mexico.

Mexicali Baja California Mexico

Mexicali at a glance

1,032,686

Population

67,483

Maquiladora Direct Workforce

23

Industrial Parks

143

Total Maquiladoras

103.9°F

Average Summer High

39°F

Average Winter Low

3 pedestrian, 2 passenger, 1 cargo

Ports of Entry

TACNA border

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