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Has NAFTA helped or hurt San Diego?

Jonathan Horn, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, November 1, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System 
Answer: YES

Both San Diego and Tijuana benefit immensely from NAFTA, more than most other areas. The value of merchandise moving across the San Diego/Tijuana border totaled nearly $49 billion in 2012, a 400 percent increase since NAFTA was implemented in 1994. Logistics, timing, and capacities of administration and R&D located near maquiladora factories are huge advantages to our bi-national region competing with China and other Asian operations. San Diego profits from those jobs and industry located in Tijuana rather than faraway places. Benefits from business and consumer spending extend beyond both sides of the border with the agreement in place.