The Borderless Solution

Faster and Easier LTL CAN-US-MX Services

More often than desired, companies are facing delays at the US/MEX Border, most of the time is due Border Clearance. Well, there is a Borderless Solution it might fit your needs.

 

This Borderless Solution allows you to relax on the following items:

  • Mexican Border Delays;
  • Transfers;
  • Documents;
  • Government Compliance;
  • Border Clearance.

It will ensure these items are in order and will provide you with scheduled consolidates LTL and Ad Hoc FTL Road Feeder services to and from airports of Mexico.

 

Picture this?

Your cargo is ready, 3 pallets that you need to schedule it; it goes to Mexico City… Before you know, you are dealing with SLI, AES, making arrangements, multiple emails for your customer in Mexico… NO NEED!

With this Borderless Solutions, you just need to email your general instructions along with your commercial invoices and packing list. Then your three pallets will arrive within an average of 5 days to Mexico City from your location.

You won’t even expect to bear with common border delays because of the customs agent of your customer or any other event. Don’t you hate not having a certainty of the transit time?

 

How do this work?

It is a combination of bonded and domestic trucking services that prevent delays, paperwork hassles, it is the promise of a cross-border LTL service in North America.

It is a combination of expertise, knowledge, innovation, technology and key partnerships.

It is a combination of the real advantages of the standard truckload delivery methods between Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

It is cutting the paperwork and the delays at the borders, providing door-to-door service in one invoice, taking full responsibility of the entire route and do it all in transit times no one ever believed possible while keeping cost in control.

It is a combination of customs brokerage services with transportation services, along with bilingual staff professionals, well-trained and certified for freight handling.

 

Benefits?

Other than mentioned, this Borderless Solution can help you expanding your business across the border, getting your product close to your customer with fewer delays, quicker and keeping cost in control.

  • Certainly, in the transportation charges all the way though destination
  • Door-to door pick-up and delivery service
  • One waybill per pallet
  • No clearance at border
  • Direct trailers
  • Regularly scheduled departures: 3 to 5 departures a week
  • Terminals in West Coast and South Central US
  • Bonded USA and Mexico
  • C-TPAT certified, gps, team drivers, tolls roads
  • Internet tracking
  • Physical proof of delivery
  • Electronic signature and delivery confirmation
  • Loss insurance options
  • Shorter transit times
  • Reduction in coordination fees
  • Working with only one trucking company
  • Average savings range from 10 to 20% compare with airfreight

 

Here is a costing example for you to see:

3 Pallets Class 85 1800 lbs. ex Chicagoland , IL to Mexico City Airport

Standard LTL

Borderless LTL

Air Freight

US Transit Time

2-3

2-3

3-4

Border Waiting Time

2-3

0

0

MX Transit Time

2-3

2-3

0

Overall Transit Time

6-9 days 4-6 days

3-4 day

Cost

$621

$757

$1,800

Often faster than Air Service with significant cost savings!

 

Are you still wondering if this is the right solution for you?
Contact us now to provide your routes, volume, needs, and requirements. We will then present an optimized custom proposal for your organization.

Shippers Liability

Can I be held responsible for damages in a commercial truck wreck if I’m just THE SHIPPER?

 

When there is an accident that involves a large vehicle, such as a 53’ Dry Van, used during the course of business and/or for the transportation of commercial goods, any person or entity can be sued for causing the accident. Here’s is how YOU as a shipper could be held responsible:

 

If you retained control of the commercial truck at the time of the event

It will be essential to determine the type of employment relationship between the TRUCKER and the SHIPPER or FREIGHT BROKER in order to determine the degree of control a broker or shipper has over a truck driver and, consequently, whether the broker or shipper can be held responsible for the trucker’s actions (or lack of action).

In general, there are two types of employment relationships between a broker/shipper and a trucker: principal-agent relationship and independent contractor relationship.

In an independent contractor relationship, the trucker (or “owner operator”) is hired to produce a specific result (i.e., make a delivery). Under an agreement like this, the broker or shipper does not have the authority to control how the job is carried out, therefore a broker or shipper’s liability is limited should a trucking accident happen.

Under the terms of a principal-agent relationship, the driver would be acting as an “agent for the shipper (the principal), meaning that the shipper (instead of the carrier) would be retaining control of the load and the driver, and could be held responsible for damages. Some of the factors that determine whether the shipper kept control at the time of the event are:

  • whether the driver was contracted directly by the shipper,
  • whether the driver was paid directly by the shipper,
  • whether the shipper set parameters for how and when a delivery should be made (created deadlines) and
  • whether the driver had to regularly check in with the shipper.

 

It is important to point out that a contract between a broker or shipper and a truck driver will not necessarily determine the relationship between these parties accurately. The most common arguments are that the trucker may have been misclassified, or that there might be an actual principal-agent relationship with the broker/shipper, based on how the relationship played out during the course of employment.

The evidence needed to prove that a principal-agent relationship exists between a broker/shipper and a truck driver include: the original contract between the broker/shipper and the truck driver, the truckers’ log books, shipping or cargo receipts, records maintained by the broker or shipper, and/or copies (or recordings) of communications between the broker/shipper and the trucker.

 

If you are found guilty of negligent selection

Another common accusation against a shipper is “negligent selection”. A shipper is responsible for choosing a competent and safe contractor to do business with, and may be liable for damages in a commercial truck wreck if it can be proven that they did not choose properly.

This is where we introduce the term “sophistication”. It refers to the amount, frequency and size of shipments. The more sophisticated a shipper is, the higher the duties will be if they are found responsible for failing at proper selection of a competent carrier.

The most common defense against negligent selection is that the shipper chose a specific carrier based on its satisfactory rating with the FMCSA. The most common argument is that the employer should have performed a deeper research to make sure that the carrier is not manipulating business practices to avoid unsatisfactory ratings, however, this is a weak argument, since it would require a never-ending investigation.

 

If you failed to advise of the hazmat nature of you load

This scenario would only be applicable if the shipper failed to advise the trucking company of the hazmat nature of their goods, and if injuries resulted because of this. Essentially, it comes down to the shipper’s duty to inform.

As a matter of fact, anybody can be sued for causing a truck accident. Including the truck driver and the trucking company, the owner of the truck, the shipper, as well as any other drivers, people or entity who in any way contributed to the accident, such as the manufacturer of one of the vehicles involved, the manufacturer of a tire or the owner of any public or private property whose negligence contributed to the accident. Liability can even be shared among the parties involved and you should always take the correspondent State’s laws and regulations into account.

 

How common are truck accidents?  

There are approximately 5,000 deaths, 100,000 injuries, and 500,000 trucking accidents every year in the USA.

As a shipper, no matter how well you complies with cargo safety standards, you will never be exempt from truck accidents. However, there are always safe and reliable ways to protect you and your goods when using EP America’s transportation solutions.

Want to learn more? Contact us now and we will give you a complimentary consultation.

Laredo Contingency Update

10 days after the border zone of Laredo, TX and Nuevo Laredo, TAMPS in Mexico was hit by a destructive storm on May 21, causing significant damages and the temporary closing of both customs facilities (Bridge III / World Trade Bridge), authorities (CBP/SAT) have now issued an update on the resumption of the processing of the following modes of commercial traffic through these customs:

Imports (Mexico to the U.S.A.)
7 a.m. to midnight or beyond until last queued truck processed.

 

Modes processed:

  • Empties (tractors and trailers) and including automotive racks in empty trailers which are considered items of international commerce
  • FAST and C-TPAT certified companies
  • Informal Entries
  • Agriculture (perishables)
  • Automotive products
  • FDA-regulated products: FDA will monitor these shipments electronically and place holds as deemed necessary to coordinate further inspection
  • Machinery

 

Exports (U.S.A. to Mexico)
7 a.m. to midnight or beyond until last queued truck processed

All modes of commercial traffic processed

Additionally, commercial traffic is being directed from World Trade Bridge to Colombia-Solidarity Bridge as a contingency measure which was communicated by a trade bulletin to bridge users on May 21. It is important to mention that CBP and Mexican Customs operations at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge are in good working order, unaffected by the storm. Traffic flows in the following lanes and hours of operation:

 

For exports from Mexico to Laredo: Lanes 3,4, and wide loads for Colombia, Lanes 4 and 5.

7 a.m. to midnight (or beyond until last queued truck processed)

*All modes of commercial traffic processed

 

For imports to Mexico arriving from Laredo: Lanes 1, 2 and 3, for Colombia, lanes 4 and 5.

7 a.m. to midnight or beyond until last queued truck is processed

*All modes of commercial traffic processed

 

BP strongly encourages the international trade community to maximize the use of early morning hours, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., since during these hours there is minimal traffic.

 

EP America is committed to keeping our customers and partners updated on this situation in order to ensure shipments in route are managed efficiently.