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Alex Garza — General Manager

Alex Garza splits his time between providing oversight of C.H. Robinson’s consolidation centers in Laredo, Dallas, and El Paso and supporting C.H. Robinson’s businesses in Mexico. Previous to this role, Alex was general manager of C.H. Robinson’s Laredo office and the integration manager for the 2009 acquisition of U.S Customhouse broker International Trade & Commerce in Laredo. Alex started his C.H. Robinson career as an intern in 2000, and spent seven years in the San Antonio office in multiple positions.

U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 6: How to Improve Your Customs Broker Relationship


As I wrap up this series, I realize just how much information we’ve already covered about shipping freight across U.S./Mexico borders. We’ve looked at operating on both sides of the border, redefined transportation success, and even asked the tough questions for choosing a customs broker. The final point I want to drive home is what to do after you choose a great customs broker: Build a strong, mutually beneficial relationship that will last for years.
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U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 5: How to Find the Right Customs Broker


A customs broker is a natural and necessary part of doing business across the U.S./Mexico border. No matter how seldom you ship across the U.S./Mexico border, every border crossing comes with a significant customs compliance risk. That’s why choosing a customs broker should never be about scoring the best deal. Like other professional services—think doctors, lawyers, and accountants—a customs broker’s primary responsibility is to protect you from risks, not save you a few dollars.
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U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 4: Preparedness for Cross-Border Shipping

U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 4: Preparedness for Cross-Border Shipping | Transportfolio


At the most basic level, a supply chain is a series of links all connected with one another. A supply chain that crosses the United States and Mexico border tends to have more links than those that exist in domestic shipping.
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U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 3: Transportation Success is More than a Low Rate per Mile

U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 3: Transportation Success is More than a Low Rate per Mile.Transportfolio by C.H. Robinson

U.S. Mexico Shipping

More than ever before, shippers have better access to information, and better quality information about how to find transportation savings. Our white paper, Supply Chains: Where to Find the Biggest, Fastest Transportation Savings, is just one example and it offers multiple ways to save. As freight markets become more efficient in matching supply/demand, just having the lowest rate per mile won’t cut it anymore. Being a smart transportation shipper no longer means just negotiating the lowest cost per mile, it means obtaining the best total landed cost.
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U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 2: A Presence on Both Sides of The Border

U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 2: A Presence on Both Sides of The Border.Transportfolio


When I kicked off this series about U.S./Mexico cross-border shipping, I covered some of the key benefits of a door to door service provider. In this second installment, we’ll explore the reasons why many best in class customers prefer working with cross-border providers that have long-standing offices in both countries.
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U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 1: Door-to-Door Service Providers

Advantages of Door-to-Door Service Providers in U.S./Mexico Logistics | Transportfolio

cross border logistics

This is the first post in a series about U.S./Mexico cross-border shipping. Over the next several months, I’ll share what best in class customers look for in a U.S./Mexico cross-border logistics provider. International business comes with many complications: differing currencies, variable exchange rates, languages, times zones, governing laws, and even different business objectives. Top tier international organizations understand the value of reducing unnecessary complexity—something a door to door provider can help with.
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Is it Time for a Cross-Border Checkup?

Mexico CrossBorder

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