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What Transportation Professionals Need to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border Situation

On March 27, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a notice detailing the re-assignment of over 750 officers from various ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border to help process people crossing the border. This past weekend, rhetoric increased significantly regarding the potential of closing the border completely. While this threat is not new, it certainly feels different this time around, and specifically raises questions for those involved in regular cross border freight movements. With the news that Secretary Nielsen is cutting short a trip to Europe, what can supply chain professionals anticipate regarding cross-border operations?

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

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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

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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

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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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Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Keep the Supply Chain Moving Amid Protests

Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Keep the Supply Chain Moving Amid Protests | Transportfolio

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Due to the Mexico government’s recent deregulation and energy reforms that kicked off 2017, the country is currently experiencing intense protests and disruptions along many major federal highways throughout Mexico. The energy reforms remove government subsidies from the oil and gas industry producing prices based on the free market. Eventually prices will likely stabilize but not until after a period of volatility due to the new changes.
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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

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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

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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

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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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Coming Soon: Increased Trade Efficiency at the United States-Mexico Border

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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.

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The 3 Common Misconceptions about Cross-Border Shipping

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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