Governor Ducey today will deliver his fourth International State of the State address since taking office in 2015. During today’s speech, hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, Governor Ducey will highlight the strength of Arizona’s international relationships with countries like Mexico, Canada, China and more — and how these relationships benefit the people of Arizona by boosting economic growth, investment and job opportunities in the state.
Here’s what you need to know about Arizona’s international relationships →
Arizona’s Top Trade Partners. Arizona’s top trading partner is Mexico, with two-way trade between Arizona and Mexico totaling $16.6 billion. China and Canada take the number two and three spots with two-way coming in at $4.5 billion and $3.7 billion respectively.
Trade On The Rise. In 2018, two-way trade between Arizona and Mexico rose by 7.7 percent, while Arizona’s trade with Canada grew by 2.4 percent and trade with China rose by over 11 percent. Arizona’s exports to South America were up over 49 percent.
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. International trade, including both exports and imports, supports thousands of jobs in Arizona. Trade with Mexico and Canada alone supports over 228,000 Arizona jobs.
Attracting Global Companies. Arizona’s business-friendly climate attracts not only domestic but international companies to our state. Foreign-owned companies invest in capital, build facilities and employ over 100,000people in Arizona. One of the latest examples: self-driving truck company TuSimple from China, plans to bring 500 jobs to Tucson.
Arizona’s Global Reach. Arizona exported over $22 billion in goods around the world last year. And, Arizona-made goods and services are sold to customers in over 200 countries and territories worldwide, including top export markets like Mexico, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.
Welcoming Visitors. People from Mexico represent the largest number of international visitors to Arizona each year. Our state hosts 3.6 million overnight Mexican visitors annually, and visitors from Mexico contribute between 60 and 70 percent of sales tax revenue in our border communities.
On The Cutting Edge. SkyBridge Arizona, the very first inland cargo inspections facility in the nation housing both U.S. and Mexican Customs, processed its first e-commerce air shipment at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport a few months ago.
Investing In Trade Infrastructure. Arizona continues to invest in our state’s ports of entry. The fiscal year 2020 budget includes an investment of $700,000 to build a cold storage unit at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, helping Arizona move more goods like produce through our ports.
Strengthening Arizona’s Relationships. In March of this year, Arizona hosted Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States Martha Bárcena for her first official trip to our state. This year, Arizona celebrates the 60 year anniversary of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and remains committed to partnering with Mexico to increase safety, security and economic growth for our mutual benefit.
Support For Modernizing Trade Agreements. In February 2019, Governor Ducey called on Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an agreement that updates and modernizes trade current U.S. trade agreements between Mexico and Canada. Read the letter HERE.