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The highway network in Baja California consists of over 2,700 paved kilometers and over 8,300 km local roads and dirt road accesses. The main cities (Tijuana, Mexicali, Tecate, and Playas de Rosarito), where 92% of the population and 95% of the economic activity are concentrated, are communicated through a modern four-lane highway.

The freight transportation that moves intermediate, consumption and capital goods for the productive processes transits these highways.

These highways join at the borderline with the main North American highways (Interstates 5 and 10) through which freight transportation transits fluidly. They also join with the Ensenada seaport, the most important in the state, which allows access to the Pacific Basin.

Foreign operating companies have the right to rely on their own transportation equipment for the transport of their components and produced goods coming from or sent to the United States of America.

In the past years, highway infrastructure in Baja California has been under constant improvement. Mexicali is the closest point of encounter with the rest of the country. Federal Highway 2 connects Mexicali with Tijuana (in the West) and with Mexico City (in the East and South). This Federal Highway connects to the entire highway network and to every city in the country.

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Mexican Highway System (spanish)

Tijuana has the closest highway connection to the Port of Ensenada and the ports in Long Beach and San Diego, in California, U.S.A.

The Mexican Highway System consists of free-toll and toll highways. Almost every route offers both options.

There are some Mexican regulations to be considered when transporting goods with trucks. Mexican Official Standard NOM-068-SCT-2000 (mandatory verification of body and mechanical conditions) must be followed in order to meet with the standards.

Highway connections between Baja California and California

Tijuana and Mexicali offer excellent connections between the seaports in Ensenada and Long Beach, CA., as well as connections to the U.S.A. and the rest of Mexico.

Mexicali connects with Calexico through two of the three border crossing points (commercial and touristic). In a 5 to 10-minute drive, State Routes 98 and 111 connect to Interstate 8, which stretches from coast to coast in the U.S.A., (connecting to Interstate 10). Interstate has junctions to several highways leading to many cities in the United States and Canada.

Tijuana is linked to with Interstate 8 (towards the East) and Interstate 5 (towards the North), offering connections within the United States and to Canada. Highway 2 connects to Mexicali through a free-toll or toll highway, which connects with the rest of Mexico.