Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators: Arizona’s Trade & Competitiveness in the U.S.-Mexico Region

Generous support from the Arizona-Mexico CommissionArizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation, and Arizona Office of Tourism allows Eller's Economic and Business Research Center to offer this dynamic new website providing the latest data benchmarking important economic relationships between Arizona and Mexico. 

Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators: Arizona’s Trade & Competitiveness in the U.S.-Mexico Region focuses on Arizona’s trade with Mexico, assessment of the role of Arizona’s border ports of entry (BPOE) in the U.S.-Mexico border region, and monitoring key indicators of Mexico’s economy. To gauge Arizona’s competitiveness, comparative data are provided for other U.S. border states, as well as other major border ports connecting the U.S. and Mexico. Special attention is given to the Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa, with which Arizona has developed strong economic ties. However, as Arizona’s economy has become increasingly intertwined with developments in the larger region, comparative statistics are provided for all border states, and the national economies of the United States and Mexico.

Data are constantly updated and users can examine historical trends, make relevant comparisons, and easily download the most current data along with history into several standard formats for further analysis.

Scope and Objective

Six major sections capture the dynamics of Arizona’s trade and competitiveness:

Since 1999, The University of Arizona in partnership with the Arizona-Mexico Commission developed and published a unique set of regional economic indicators for the Arizona-Sonora Region.  The last report in this series was completed and published in June 2009 (www.ebr.eller.arizona.edu).  Since then, both the economic and political landscapes have changed at regional and global levels.  Although Arizona’s economy is most closely tied to the neighboring state of Sonora, a growing and changing Mexico presents further opportunities for building new economic relationships. The new indicators reflect an expanded scope of interest as well as the application of new methodologies in data acquisition, timely updating processes, and delivery via cloud-based web technologies. Three other organizations with vital interests in Arizona’s economic relationships with Mexico --The Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Arizona Office of Tourism – have joined the Arizona-Mexico Commission in supporting this project.

Learn about the Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators team.