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
North American Border Crossing
It’s easy to understand the importance of routine checkups with medical professionals like doctors and dentists to gauge a body’s health. Many people have a similar approach with insurance policies or financial investments—annually verifying that the coverage or diversification is still appropriate. So, why wouldn’t you apply the same rigor to supply chains? » Read More
Do you want to start importing goods into Canada? Due to free trade agreements and increased internet sales, more manufacturers around the world want to increase their business into the Canadian marketplace. As is the nature of customs anywhere in the world, Canadian regulations change every day. One thing can always help you through the process. And that is your customs broker. Your customs broker is your intermediary. They know the ropes of importing and can guide you through the entire process—from initial steps to final delivery. Just remember the old saying, “You date your freight forwarder, but you marry your customs broker.” » Read More
Today all eyes will be on Congress regarding funding to keep the U.S. government open. If the government does shutdown, between 800,000 and 2.1 million employees across the federal government will not be at work. This will include some who work to keep our freight moving safely across the country and the world.
When you hear outsource do you automatically assume someplace in Asia? What about when you hear nearshore? Does Mexico come to mind? Well for more and more companies, nearshoring their production to Mexico is a competitive option.
It’s true that Mexico’s transportation regulations can be difficult to navigate and that high risk situations are common. From law enforcement officers who can legally open your cargo at any point during transit to fake checkpoints throughout the country, freight can be vulnerable to both theft and damage. With these factors to consider, you may wonder why anyone chooses to nearshore their manufacturing to Mexico’s shores at all. » Read More