The City of Las Cruces remains committed to helping businesses — both new and existing. Renewed interest in Las Cruces is growing with manufacturers at the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park as well as throughout Dona Ana County.
Las Cruces has been recognized for being a great place to start a business, raise a family and retire. The City has again, been ranked by WalletHub as one of the Best Run Cities in the US and the Best Run City in all of New Mexico. Additionally, over the past several years, the City has also caught the eye of national media with Las Cruces being named one of the “Best Cities in America for Global Trade 2015” and “Best Cities for STEM Careers”.
Our location at the junction of Interstates 10 and 25, the proximity to the Santa Teresa International Port of Entry and the Union Pacific Intermodal Facility means access to markets throughout North, Central and South America. 1200 STEM graduates a year from New Mexico State University and University of Texas El Paso, contribute to a young, educated and talented workforce.
Free Trade Zone User Benefits
Duty Exemption. No duties on or quota charges on re-exports.
Duty Deferral. Customs duties and federal excise tax deferred on imports.
Inverted Tariff. In situations where zone manufacturing results in a finished product that has a lower duty rate than the rates on foreign inputs (inverted tariff ), the finished products may be entered at the duty rate that applies to its condition as it leaves the zone -- subject to public interest considerations.
Logistical Benefits. Companies using FTZ procedures may have access to streamlined customs procedures (e.g. “weekly entry” or “direct delivery”).
Other Benefits. Foreign goods and domestic goods held for export are exempt from state/local inventory taxes. FTZ status may also make a site eligible for state/local benefits which are unrelated to the FTZ Act.
Las Cruces Awards & Rankings
4th Best Run City in the U.S., 2020, WalletHub
2019 APA-NM Planning Award for Innovation for the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District
2019 Heritage Organization Award from New Mexico’s Cultural Properties Review Committee
2019 Creative Tourism Award for "Best Strategy for Creative Tourism Development" from the Barcelona-based Creative Tourism Network
2018 Best Practices Award from NM Infrastructure and Finance Conference
One of the Best Small Cities in the U.S. to live and visit, AFAR magazine
Insurify – Safest Driving City in NM 2018, Insurify
Insurify – LC received Season of Giving Award 2018, Insurify
#15 in nation as best place to retire 2018, TopRetirements.com
Best Run City in NM 2017 & 2018, 2020, WalletHub
LC Happiest City in NM 2018, WalletHub
LC number 15 on its list of 100 communities nationwide, TopRetirements.com
LC one of 14 cities in Southwest with best average credit score 2017, LendEDU
32nd Safest City in the U.S., 2017, WalletHub
6th Best Run City in US 2017, WalletHub
Playful city 2017, KaBOOM!
10 Cities for Real Estate Steals, 2010, Best Retirement Destination, 2015, US News & World Report
Best City for Global Trade 2015, Global Trade Magazine
Commute Times Average 17.8 minutes - 2015 ACS Survey
Major commercial rail and freight connectivity via BNSF and UP and the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in under 1 hour.
Air freight services is provided by all major companies. Six major commercial trucking firms offer freight service for the region.