The world’s largest trade relationship is between Canada and the United States. In spite of this, a surprising number of companies don’t really understand how three basic issues will affect any freight that crosses the border. Read this quick infographic to help ensure you’re up to speed.
North American Border Crossing
In an aim to increase cross border trade efficiency along the U.S. southern border, Mexico’s government has recently approved legislation to allow armed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to operate at places of international trade within Mexico. Details of the legislation are to be finalized in August and should help boost an already healthy trade relationship with the United States. U.S. ports of entry in Texas and California should see the most immediate effects of the new law, with more efficient cross-border transit times as a direct result of pre-clearing cargo through U.S. Customs on the Mexican side of the border. By allowing armed U.S. CBP agents within Mexico, a single point of inspection will be created, eliminating a double inspection process, thereby streamlining examination procedures. Information can be shared in real time, supporting trade intelligence and security protocols.
Nearshoring, the act of transferring manufacturing and production lines away from its foreign location and closer to the United States, is increasing in popularity. More U.S. parties show significant interest in better understanding the cross-border shipping process. The increased interest has exposed many misconceptions within the shipping community, which otherwise cloud the fundamentals of cross-border transportation. Clarifying these assumptions helps improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and grow U.S./Mexico trade relationships. Listed below are three common and incorrect assumptions shippers make about the cross-border shipping process. » Read More
It’s C.H. Robinson’s Silver Jubilee in Mexico: 25 years of working successfully with customers and carriers on cross-border and intra-Mexico transportation. To celebrate, we’ve gathered a few fun facts about what’s happened since the beginning, and what we’re planning to focus on next. » Read More
A little more than three years ago, FMCSA created a pilot program with 13 Mexico trucking companies. The pilot evaluated the safety and feasibility of allowing Mexico trucks to operate within the United States. On January 9, 2015, FMCSA announced the end of the pilot and the beginning of a permanent program. The announcement leaves many shippers asking themselves, “What does this change mean for me?” Here’s what you should know. » Read More