/ Modified feb 9, 2022 9:34 a.m.

$3.4B in produce came in through Nogales in 2021

After being slightly edged out by Hidalgo, Texas, for tomato imports in 2017, Nogales has maintained the top spot since then.

360 mariposa semis Commercial trucks travel through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales.
AZPM Staff

Well over $3 billion worth of fresh Mexican produce crossed into the United States through the Nogales port of entry last year.

That was about $2.2 billion worth of vegetables and another $1.2 billion worth of fruit, recent federal trade data show.

The roughly $3.4 billion in total fresh produce through the single Arizona port represented just shy of 20% of the value of all Mexican produce imported into the United States last year.

The tomato has long been one of the most valuable imports for Nogales, and nearly $700 million worth of them crossed through there last year, the highest figure on the border. In 2017, Nogales was bested slightly by Hidalgo, Texas, for tomato imports but has maintained its top spot since then.

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