Pros if exporting all the way to Mexico

Why you should consider shipping door to door in Mexico. You might be missing a good opportunity…

 

If you have exports to Mexico but only ship to Laredo and let your client assume responsibility in Mexico you may have missed a good opportunity to strengthen your relationship with your Mexican customers.
Today most US companies doing business with Mexico send their goods Ex Works (EXW) to avoid any issues with border crossing, documentation, taxes and fees.
On the other hand, companies who sell their goods with freight included (DAP) find that they often improve development and growth in their businesses including generating more revenue.
There is more control of the supply chain since there is greater visibility for your clients allowing them to track their cargo more easily and having a single point of contact to make decisions. You also ensure the fast processing of your shipment and avoid down time strengthening your process.

 

You also strengthen the shipper’s or consignee’s purchasing and negotiating power being a longer distance to quote.

 

In conclusion, the level of satisfaction of your customers increases by removing the burden of the process, resulting in greater loyalty and stronger business relationships with them. At EP America our specialists are ready to help you exceed your clients’ expectations by assisting you until your cargo is delivered.

I don’t need a Freight Forwarder… or do I?

If you work in logistics you have most likely received at least one call or email from one of them telling you about their services and how they will tackle all the frustrating aspects of your process so you don’t have to worry about details. So you know who they are and what they do, and have probably made up your mind on whether they bring something to the table, but do your really know what a freight forwarder could do for you?

 

1. Save you time and provide flexibility

Imagine the company you work at just closed new business and needs to start shipping on a lane your current carriers cannot cover for. Arranging these type of shipments can be very time consuming when you have little or no experience on a new route, especially if it’s international. This is where freight forwarders come in! They remove the burden of scrutinizing carriers, comparing prices and negotiating using their knowledge and experience.
But even though we will never be able to foresee market changes or know what the shipping needs of your company or clients will be in the future, can you imagine having an expert taking care of these shifts while you just seat back and receive notifications on how it’s all being solved?

 

2. Provide you with simplicity and control

Now imagine that one of your international shipments got diverted to a wrong destination or got delayed at the customs. A forwarder will use its expertise, resources, and networks to find the origin of the problem and immediately take action while still giving you full control with only one vendor and a single point of contact to make decisions. Have you ever had a hard time with a shipment? To forwarders it is just another day at the office.

 

3. Save you money

The most common misconception about forwarders is that they are just “intermediaries”, who will make profit out of something a shipper could be doing itself. While this could be true with other third party services, a forwarder knows what carrier is better for each route, has stronger relationships with them, and is able to achieve economies of scale by negotiating volume. Additionally, when there’s an increased seasonal workload, a forwarder can save your company the costs of hiring and training new staff.

So you thought forwarders could only benefit shippers?
Carriers are always busy making arrangements or handling overcapacity! While it might take you a while to get a hold of your contact, a forwarder is much more customer friendly and reduces the carrier’s workload by filtering inquiries and requests. On the other hand, forwarders serve as salespeople for carriers, expanding their market and giving them stability without having to invest on hiring their own agents.
In the end, each company will use the service that better fits its process and needs, but whether you handle daily shipments or have your customers route their cargo, keeping an experienced forwarder handy is always good for emergencies or if you are looking to make your process simpler, faster or even reduce some costs.
EP America, provides the most reliable service for OTR shipments going to or coming from Laredo, TX and Mexico, our specialists in our offices in the U.S. and Canada are ready to assist you on your next shipment.

NAFTA Myths vs Facts

Ever since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed over 20 years ago, a lot of speculation on whether the treaty brought more benefits than downsides to the three countries involved arouse.

Many politicians, investors, finance executives and business owners have given their opinion on how this agreement has improved or affected their ventures, but truth is that only by the use of numbers we can reveal the extent to which its critics have been proven wrong:

 

Myth

  • The US has experienced job losses since NAFTA came into effect
  • NAFTA has not resulted in any benefits for the US agriculture
  • NAFTA has made the US lose its sovereignty and independence
  • NAFTA negatively impacts the North American manufacturing base
  • The treaty has given rise to Environmental Damage

 

Fact

  • Commercial trade with Mexico and Canada has originated over 14 million US jobs and around 35% of these jobs come as a result of the constant increase in NAFTA commerce.
  • Canada and Mexico accounted for 37% of the total growth of US agricultural exports during the first 15 years since the treaty was signed.
  • NAFTA has allowed American farmers to increase their commerce. In average, one in every ten acres is destined for Canada and Mexico exports.
  • NAFTA as any other international treaty, is an agreement signed voluntarily between countries, in which each of their own governments ratified, meaning that Canada. Mexico and the US are forced to comply with the agreement by International Law and are not ruled by the laws of the rest of the countries.
  • NAFTA has opened doors for new sources of materials, technologies, capital and more competitive talent acress North America.

 

NAFTA members created the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and some of its initiatives include:

  • Handling practices for toxic chemicals;
  • Creation of the first Mexican National Air Emissions Inventory;
  • The North American Bird Conversation Initiative
  • Promotion of best practices to perform commercial trade without affecting the environment.

NAFTA Benefits

The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 changed commercial trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States, creating one of the most dynamic regions in the world.

Here are some benefits that the NAFTA trade has brought since it went into effect more than 20 years ago.
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