Mexicali's location provides excellent
access to US I-8 and I-10. Roads through the city are wide and access to the 20
industrial areas is adequate. Truck rates vary from $1.20 - $2.00 US per mile
and are negotiable. Regular freight and container rates are comparable to the
border cities. There is a rail link from Tijuana and to other Mexican and US cities.
Rail access is provided by Pacific railroad on the U.S. side and Chihuahua Pacific
Railroad and the National Railway Network on the Mexican side. Rates are published,
spurs to several industrial parks are available. Water, electricity, and gas are
available throughout the city. A water treatment plant recently underwent a large
expansion of its capacities.
Mexicali has two ports of entry.
The original crossing in Mexicali links to U.S. Hwy 111. The new commercial
crossing is approximately 8 miles east of the original crossing. Mexicali's
industrial growth follows the border crossings and has resulted in new industrial
and residential areas.
Air transportation is provided by
Mexicali's International Airport (12 miles east from the city) and the regional
Imperial Valley Airport (15 miles north of the border with the U.S.).
Baja is considered a Free Trade Zone
by the Mexican government, a designation roughly similar to a US Foreign Trade
Zone. Maquilas pay Mexicali City taxes and BCN. State taxes are roughly 4%
additional of the base wage paid per worker.