As the global-e-commerce industry expands, smooth international shipping processes are fundamental.
Arizona’s global trade relationships, its ability to effectively support existing markets and the capacity to capture new markets are key to the continued ecomonic development of the state.
SkyBridge will form and foster an important alliance between Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges in the areas of research and development.
Expediting the Movement & Clearance of MORE Goods to Mexico & Latin America
As the global e-commerce industry expands, smooth international shipping processes are fundamental. With more than half of Mexico’s population having access to Internet and 2 out of 3 of these users making online purchases, the demand for the fast, reliable delivery of goods from the US to Mexico continues to rise. With lengthy processing times and frequent delays for clearance, current Customs practices simply cannot accommodate the rates at which our global industries are expanding.
At SkyBridge, US CBP and Mexican Customs officers will work side by side to jointly inspect and process shipments in preparation for international transit. All required documents, inspections, tracking and other services occur on-site at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Shipments through SkyBridge will bypass the cumbersome International Customs Center in Mexico City to continue on to their final destinations, allowing Customs to follow packages and cargo electronically to any city in Mexico and eventually through Central and Latin America.
Through SkyBridge Arizona, businesses across diverse sectors will reap the benefits. Ecommerce companies, aerospace firms, agricultural growers, manufacturers, and virtually any company doing business with Mexico and Latin America will be able to carry out faster, more secure deliveries and further mitigate and eliminate the risk of lost shipments. Likewise, consumers in Mexico and Latin America will be able to make purchases online and receive their products the next day.
The Improved Customs Process through SkyBridge Arizona
Research & Development
Given the proximity of its campuses and existing aeronautical labs at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, SkyBridge will form and foster an important alliance between Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges in the areas of research and development. An onsite incubator space dedicated to the aerospace and technology industries will allow students and faculty the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research. This alliance will also serve as a generator of employment opportunities for new graduates.
Generating Jobs & Economic Growth
Arizona’s global trade relationships, its ability to effectively support existing markets and the capacity to capture new markets are key to the continued economic development of the state. SkyBridge will not only increase Arizona’s position to compete on a worldwide scale and further promote Arizona as an exceptional place to do business, but it will also serve as a compelling model for future developments nationwide to enhance global trade.
By transforming the profile of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from a convenient regional transportation hub to a powerful economic engine, SkyBridge promises true regional growth and translates to increased revenues for the area’s neighboring cities and local businesses.
Project developers estimate that more that 17,000 new direct and indirect jobs will be created as a result of SkyBridge at full operation. Nearly 7,000 of these jobs will be directly employed on site, 2,400 of them being in construction alone.
From an operational standpoint, an increase in yearly cargo flights will also bring more revenue to the area. With the addition of SkyBridge, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport anticipates an initial increase of 100 to 200 additional cargo flights per year. These additional flights per year will benefit local and state treasuries through increased taxes and fees.
On a regional scale, Arizona currently outweighs all of its Southwest neighbors in air freight traffic by nearly 20% per year, and with SkyBridge those numbers will only go up. SkyBridge expects to capture 5% of the Southwest export market to Mexico by 2025, representing $650 million annually. Revenues generated through local taxes and fees will support airport maintenance, emergency responders and other operational costs.
SkyBridge’s build-out plan also includes improvements to infrastructure around Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport including water, sewer and power expansion, and vital water retention basins for seasonal rains that protect city and county assets. These plans for infrastructure will generate hundreds of more local jobs.
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