BAJA Trade and Investment


Baja California provides sustainable features for the development of a wide range of transformation and service industries, generating business and investment opportunities to support the dynamic economy of the region. It is the only Mexican state sharing borders with California, the eighth largest world economy.

This strategic position makes it an excellent access point to the NAFTA markets and one of the most competitive states in Mexico.

It relies on a modern and functional road network connected to USA's road system, as well as a bi-national railway, an international airport, regional and international seaports, and 6 border-crossing points from which 3 serve for loading and unloading operations between Mexico and the United States, moving approximately 2000 containers daily. Additionally, there are four fast crossing intelligent systems to North America: FAST Pass, SENTRI, Ready Lane, and CT-PAT.

Note: If you are a frequent traveler to the Asian continent and own a Global Entry pass issued by the United States, the same pass can be used for Pedestrian SENTRI and vehicle SENTRI, if your vehicle is registered.

Relevant Facts:

  • Baja California is one of the three most competitive states in Mexico.
  • Excellent access to the NAFTA market.
  • The Mexican state closest to Asia.
  • 20 minutes from San Diego by road.
  • 2 hours from Los Angeles by road.
  • The Port of Ensenada is the Mexican port closest to Asia and is currently under operation of the Hutchison Group.
  • The Tijuana International Airport is the only Mexican airport with direct flights to Shanghai, China.
  • A Tijuana-San Diego bi-national bridge is under construction to be finished in 2015. The 525-meter pedestrian bridge is linked to a 45.000 square meter terminal in Otay Mesa, CA.
  • Several expansion projects are currently being developed for all tourist and commercial border-crossing points.

Lastly, with the mutual-collaboration efforts between both sides of the border, the Cali-Baja region is consolidated, creating a significant highly active corridor for products and services with an estimated value of more than 25 billion dollars. An example of this is the interesting interconnection between the electricity and gas distribution systems, which offer a safe high quality supply to both sides of the border.