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Ports of Entry & Logistics

Nogales is home to 3 Land Ports of Entry: Mariposa, Deconcini, and Morley. Nogales International Airport also provides US Customs services and serves as a fourth Port of Entry for the Nogales area.


In Federal Fiscal Year 2013 and 2014, border crossing statistics were as follows:


Border Crossings--Nogales, AZ 2013 2014 % Change
Bus Passengers 165,094 168,768 2.23%
Buses 8,699 9,423 8.32%
Pedestrians 2,912,077 2,886,022 -0.89%
Personal Vehicle Passengers 6,510,096 6,798,080 4.42%
Personal Vehicles 3,162,451 3,286,532 3.92%
Trains 866 795 -8.2%
Trucks 311,669 312,010 0.11%


Mariposa POE



The Port of the Future is here NOW in Nogales. The $244M expansion and modernization of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry is nearing 100% completion. The physical improvements at the Mariposa Port are state-of-the-art and have made this the most modern and efficient port of entry on the U.S. Mexico border. The formal, ceremonial opening of the completed port will be later this year, but the expanded facility is already yielding significant benefits.


The Mariposa Port of Entry includes:


  •     Eight commercial primary lanes with a capacity of 4,000+ trucks per day
  •     CTPAT-FAST dedicated lanes
  •     56 commercial inspection dock spaces
  •     Five commercial exit booths
  •     12 dedicated car lanes with primary inspection booths
  •     24 POV secondary inspection spaces
  •     Five southbound inspection booths
  •     Six southbound inspection dock spaces
  •     Dedicated bus processing lane
  •     Two new z-portal low energy x-ray machines
  •     SENTRI ready lanes to process passenger vehicles


Everything in the port is designed to increase the speed and accuracy of processing and to minimize delays at this, the fourth-busiest land port of entry into the United States. The Mariposa Port will have the shortest wait times on the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead of the seven-hour wait times of past years, Mariposa wait times have dropped to around one hour.

Morley Gate

The new and improved Mariposa Port will also have additional staff. Of the 2,000 new Customs officers authorized nationwide in the most recent federal budget, 170 of those officers have been allotted to Arizona with 120 of those officers destined for Nogales.


State-of the art infrastructure and more personnel mean cost savings and decreased expenses. Efficiencies in moving trucks across the border result in savings in fuel, product quality and time. Nogales is the best location for just-in-time delivery for Mexico’s West Coast supply chain. Nogales is the only place where the U.S. I-10/ I-19 corridor meets the ever-growing commerce on Mexico’s highway 15.


SouthboundThe improved Mariposa Port is just the latest improvement in Ambos Nogales' generations - long tradition of world-class expert service. The Mariposa Port will play a pivotal role in North Americas’ newest north-south trade corridor connecting Mexico through Arizona to the Pacific Northwest and Canada.


Sustainability is a hallmark of the expanded facility. The Mariposa Port of the Future is “Green” and designed to be friendly to both the environment and the people who use it. The port’s structure is LEED certified and incorporates features such as a solar domestic hot water system, rain water harvesting system, advanced lighting and building automation systems, as well as recycled content materials selections and low maintenance finishes.


Want more information about how to get your business started or expanded in Ambos Nogales? Contact the City of Nogales Economic Development Office at 520-287-6571 or via email at


Please visit the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority for more information at

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