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Tijuana’s location on the Pacific Rim eases mobility and logistics constraints,  getting products to major markets in less time at less costs. Combined with a just-in-time production culture that only a city with Tijuana’s mass of global companies could create, the choice is clear.

Foto Principal- San Ysidro Tijuana Port of Entry

Photo courtesy of Magnusson Klemencis Associates

Tijuana’s location allow companies to lower transportation costs by trucking finished products to almost anywhere in the U.S. within 1 to 5 days.

Tijuana is just 2 hours away from The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, one of the most robust ports in the U.S. with sufficient capacity for loading any type of cargo and extensive global distribution connections.

Tijuana Intl. Airport Gral. Abelardo L. Rodriguez is the 4th largest in Mexico, and offers access to major cities in Mexico as well as Shanghai, China and Narita, Japan. Moreover, Tijuana’s proximity to international airports in San Diego and Los Angeles allows company executives to fly almost anywhere in the U.S. as well as ensures global air access for critical goods.

Is also the first in Mexico with a binational terminal that joins a site in the U.S.

Tijuana’s near-shore advantage: Improved speed-to-market with real-time logistics coordination, avoiding delays and cutting of overseas inventory costs. Whether your raw materials or products need to come through the port of LA–Long Beach, fly out just in time via LAX or San Diego, or be shipped via truck or rail across North America, Tijuana provides easy access to critical transportation.

Shipping /Travel Times from Tijuana to U.S.

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  • From Tijuana we can receive goods in Ensenada Port on Sunday and having them in our floor by Monday. When we ship our product we are able to cross border the same day and access most of the Western part of U.S. market

    Ken Kannappan President and CEO at Plantronics
  • Tijuana is an ideal location for our medical Center of Excellence as it has a highly trained local workforce, strong local universities and a geographic location that makes it highly accessible and convenient for our customers

    Javier Gonzales Flex Vice President of Operations and General Manager in Tijuana

Freight Transport

More than 80 international freight companies operate in Tijuana specializing in Mexico/U.S. freight and offering flexible services from small and medium trucks to full container loads. Additionally, more than 200 trucking companies provide services out of San Diego and Tijuana combined.

With more than 1.4 million trucks crossing per year, Otay Mesa Port of entry to the U.S. is the largest commercial crossing on the border between California and Baja California. It is comprised of 10 northbound truck lanes dedicated to commercial crossing.

Otay Mesa handles the second-highest volume of trucks and the third-highest dollar value of trade out of all the United States/Mexico land-based Ports of Entry.



Tijuana is in close proximity to 3 major sea ports within a 140 mile radius, providing access to a global logistics network for importing supplies and raw materials and exporting finished product.

Ensenada port (75 miles) handles 2.1 billion tons of cargo every year and processes more than 361,000 passengers from cruisers and commercial ships annually.

The Port of San Diego is located about 96 nautical miles southeast of Los Angeles and just north of the United States-Mexico border. San Diego’s close proximity to open ocean and lack of shipping congestion make it an excellent location for cargo shipping. The port serves as a trans-shipment facility for the region, handling all types of cargo: container, dry bulk, liquid bulk, refrigerated, vehicle, breakbulk, and project cargo.

The Ports of Los Angeles /Long Beach

The Port of Los Angeles is the #1 container port by volume in the United States. In 2014, the Port of Los Angeles moved 8.3 million TEUs, establishing a new national container record.

Long Beach is the second busiest port in the U.S., it moves more than 6.8 million container units per year accounting for more than $180 billion in trade value annually. Trade to and from Asia accounts for more than 90% of shipping through the port with top trading partners by tonnage being China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Iraq, Australia, Ecuador and Indonesia.

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