Unified Cargo Processing Expands
Arizona Welcomes SkyBridge
SkyBridge Arizona is excited to open its doors to the public, offering tens of thousands of jobs, increased revenue for the city, and a new way to increase trade between the USA and Mexico border.
AZ Big Media “At its core, SkyBridge includes a first-of-its-kind joint United States-Mexico Customs inspections facility, which dramatically streamlines the Customs process with Mexico. Surrounding this facility are more than 2 million square feet of warehouse space, nearly 1 million square feet of office space, 900,000 square feet of light industrial and flex space, more than 800,000 square feet of air cargo operations, a 242-bed hotel and 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, and more.”
Yes, the SkyBridge is an exciting piece of information, but it is not the first to house both US Customs and Mexico Customs agents. The Laredo Airport in Laredo, TX also houses Customs from both sides of the border.
Under the UCP, U.S. and Mexican customs officials conduct joint inspections of cargo at several locations, including Nogales, Ariz. (imports and exports), Laredo International Airport in Texas (air cargo shipments for the automotive, electronics, and aerospace industries destined to Mexico), Otay Mesa, Calif., and San Jeronimo, Chihuahua (finished electronics shipped from Mexico to the U.S.).
Scarbrough is proud to have an office on both sides of the border in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, but this is just one location where we can conduct business with our Southern partner. Scarbrough is able to clear Customs in all ports in Mexico and in USA.
“SkyBridge follows an air freight trend line that is soaring. Growth of air freight between Arizona and Mexico has grown 30 percent per year, or 180 percent from 2011 to 2015, outpacing all other modes of transport. Air freight trade between Arizona and Mexico currently totals $390 million per year. The state also outpaces all of its Southwest neighbors of California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas, whose air freight traffic grew by just 10 percent during the same period.