By Scott Shumaker | Mesa Tribune
Though Mesa sits about 175 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, the city took a step closer to becoming a port-of-entry for goods to and from Mexico as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Board approved a three-year deal to lease a hangar to Danish shipping giant DSV Air & Sea.
The airport is governed by a board that also includes Gilbert and Queen Creek because of its regional importance.
Officials said the hangar is a foothold for a larger partnership that could see DSV eventually lease as much as 1 million square feet of space at the airport and set up an import and export hub with TSA screening facilities.
DSV specializes in international shipping and says it is one of world’s largest shippers of goods between Asia and Mexico.
Its expansion here is a sign that the international business world believes there’s substance behind the hype about Arizona becoming a new semiconductor and high tech manufacturing hub.