Warehousing and Distribution + Planes, Trains and Trucks

The old real estate saw real estate is Location, Location, Location;
for logistics I’d add Transportation, Transportation, Transportation.

Arizona is well located in the southwestern U.S. Major interstate freeways and transcontinental railroads connect the state directly to numerous major markets in the region. Trucks from Arizona locations are able to reach 65 million people in a one-day drive. Arizona is also an international shipping point and a nexus for major warehousing and distribution operations.

Arizona has:

Roads Highways and Interstates

Arizona is well served by state, federal, and interstate highways, including I-10, I-40, I-17, I-8 and I-19, U.S. routes 60 and 93. State routes 51, and Loops 101, 202 and 303 connect greater Phoenix communities and the interstate system.  The Loops have opened up significant amounts of land for new business opportunities in the greater Phoenix metro area.


Arizona has robust rail infrastructure. UP’s 760 mile Sunset Route corridor from El Paso to Los Angeles through Arizona currently carries approximately 20 percent of the railroad’s traffic. Union Pacific continues to work on double tracking the Sunset Route corridor – with approximately two-thirds of the project complete. UP also plans a major new classification yard between Tucson and Phoenix near Red Rock in Pinal County. Tucson is UP’s principal terminals in Arizona. UP also serves the Nogales Port of Entry – a gateway for trade with Mexico. UP has invested about $500 million in Arizona infrastructure since 2009.

BNSF has a major intermodal transfer facility in Glendale and has spent nearly $100 million in rail improvements in Arizona since 2012 which included almost 400 miles of track surfacing.

Rail served siting opportunities include industrial parks, repurposed brownfields and large tract greenfield properties of adequate size / length to be unit train capable – some large acreages are in the early to mid-stage entitlement process.
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International Airports
Companies doing business internationally can utilize Arizona's two international airports – located in Phoenix (PHX) and Tucson (TUS). Arizona also has 12 commercial airports and 71 reliever and general aviation airports.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport:

  • One of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S.
  • 17 carriers
  • Non-stop service to 100 domestic destinations; 20 international destinations.
  • Fly to Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas or Santa Fe in less than an hour
  • Fly to Dallas, Denver or San Francisco in under two hours
  • Fly to Chicago, Houston, Mexico City, or Vancouver, Canada in three hours
  • More than 100,000 passengers on a typical day.
  • More than 800 tons of cargo daily.
  • Customs and Immigration services seven days a week daily for passengers; weekdays for cargo

Tucson International Airport:

  • Six carriers
  • Non-stop service to 15 domestic destinations
  • 55 departures on a typical day
  • Over 34,000 tons of cargo per year.
  • Customs and Immigration services are available 24 hours a day

Alternate Phoenix Metro Area Airport – Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is served by Allegiant Air and emerging as an alternative to Phoenix Sky Harbor for some purposes including as an alternative for air cargo. The airport has adequate runway length for wide-body aircraft to fly non-stop to Asian and European destinations with three parallel runways: 10,401 feet, 10,201 feet, and 9,301 feet. P-M Gateway  is also located within Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #221, which facilitates international shipping and trade and offers tax / cost advantages. It also offers:

  • Eleven-acre cargo apron
  • On-Airport U.S. Customs
  • Relatively low operating costs
  • 24-hour airport operations
  • ILS on runway 30C

There are excellent siting options at and near these three metro area airports ranging from existing improved properties to shovel ready / build to suit sites to sites fully or partially entitled capable of major campuses / multi-user planned developments.
Arizona has numerous smaller airports, including in the growing communities of Prescott, Scottsdale, Yuma, Flagstaff, and Kingman.

Arizona Commercial Service – Primary Airports:
Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
Grand Canyon National Park Airport
Page Municipal Airport
Grand Canyon West Airport
Yuma International Airport / MCAS Yuma

Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports:
Prescott Municipal Airport (Ernest A. Love Field)
Show Low Regional Airport

Arizona Reliever Airports:

Chandler Municipal Airport San Carlos Apache Airport
Glendale Municipal Airport Holbrook Municipal Airport
Phoenix Goodyear Airport Kayenta Airport
Marana Regional Airport Lake Havasu City Airport
Falcon Field Pinal Airpark
Phoenix Deer Valley Airport Nogales International Airport
Scottsdale Airport Avi Suquilla Airport
Ryan Field Payson Airport
General Aviation Airports: Polacca Airport
Eric Marcus Municipal Airport Safford Regional Airport
Bagdad Airport San Manuel Airport
Benson Municipal Airport Sedona Airport
Bisbee Municipal Airport Sierra Vista Municipal Airport / Libby AAF
Buckeye Municipal Airport Springerville Municipal Airport
Casa Grande Municipal Airport St. Johns Industrial Air Park
Chinle Municipal Airport Taylor Airport
Cibecue Airport Tuba City Airport
Greenlee County Airport Whiteriver Airport
Colorado City Municipal Airport Wickenburg Municipal Airport
Coolidge Municipal Airport Cochise County Airport
Bisbee-Douglas International Airport H.A. Clark Memorial Field
Eloy Municipal Airport Window Rock Airport
Gila Bend Municipal Airport Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport

Many of these airports have good siting options adjacent or nearby. Some have land owned / managed by development authorities that can help facilitate siting and development for various types of projects.

International Ports of Entry
Arizona has six surface border crossings with Mexico at: Douglas, Lukeville, Naco, Nogales, San Luis and Sasabe. In total, these ports of entry have received an estimated $450 million in state and federal improvements in recent years. There is a new commercial-only port in San Luis, with a new facility in Mexico just south. Our largest port is Nogales III also known as Mariposa which recently underwent a ~ $250 million makeover doubling both commercial and passenger capacity. Passenger lanes were increased from four to eight and commercial lanes increased from six to twelve.

Foreign trade zones

A foreign-trade zone is a designated location in the United States where companies can use special procedures that help encourage U.S. activity and value added - in competition with foreign alternatives - by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other savings.

A site which has been granted zone status may not be used for zone activity until the site has been separately approved for FTZ activation by local U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, and the zone activity remains under the supervision of CBP. FTZ sites and facilities remain within the jurisdiction of local, state or federal governments or agencies. Magnet zone sites are usually located at ports or industrial parks. They are open to multiple zone users. Subzones / usage-driven sites are approved for a specific company / use. Businesses located in a zone or sub-zone in Arizona may be eligible for up to a 72.9 percent reduction in state real and personal property taxes (source: Arizona Commerce Authority).

Foreign Trade Zone
                                                Port of Entry  
Santa Cruz County
FTZ No. 60 – Nogales
Grantee: Nogales-Santa Cruz County
Economic Development Foundation, Inc.         Nogales

Maricopa County
FTZ No. 75 – Phoenix
Grantee: City of Phoenix
Community & Economic                                       
Development Department                                    Phoenix

Cochise County
FTZ No. 139 – Sierra Vista
Grantee: Sierra Vista
Economic Development Foundation, Inc.         Naco

Pima County
FTZ No. 174 – Pima County
Grantee: Tucson Regional
Economic Opportunities, Inc.                                Tucson

Yuma County
FTZ No. 219 – Yuma
Grantee: Greater Yuma
Economic Development Corporation                San Luis

Maricopa County
FTZ No. 221 – Mesa
Grantee: City of Mesa
Office of Economic Development                      Phoenix

Maricopa County
FTZ No. 277 – Western Maricopa County
Grantee: Greater Maricopa Foreign                  
Trade Zone, Inc.                                                       Phoenix         

If your company needs to site a logistics facility in Arizona I can help. Info@StrategicSiting.com