UPS Freight adds Mexico door-to-door service, expands Toronto service

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UPS Freight, the heavy freight arm of UPS, announced today, April 8, that it would offer door-to-door service to and from Mexico, complete with UPS customs brokerage capabilities and single invoicing for all services between the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company also announced the next-day service umbrella for freight moving to and from Toronto is widening to include Michigan, northern Ohio and northern Indiana.

“The expanded service to and from Mexico ensures that customers on both sides of the border will enjoy faster transit times,” says Kevin Hartman, vice president of strategy for Atlanta-based UPS Freight. “We’ve effectively combined our global trade experience with local market expertise to deliver the fast, reliable service customers are demanding throughout North America.”

UPS says freight moving to and from Mexico will be expedited by using five border crossings, including three in Texas: Brownsville/McAllen-Matamoros, El Paso-Ciudad Juarez and Laredo-Nuevo Laredo; other border crossings will be at Otay Mesa, Calif.-Mexacali and across the Mexican-Arizona border at Nogales. UPS Freight operates more than 200 service centers in the United States and Canada and will rely on more than 40 in Mexico.

“This new service complements the expansion strategy we have been implementing in Mexico since 2006,” says Griselda Hernandez, UPS Mexico country manager. “We know that more than 80 percent of exports to countries north of Mexico are transported using ground services. Our expanded service will benefit those exporters who seek to deliver their products to the United States and Canada at competitive rates.”

UPS says its technology provides visibility for shipments coming into Mexico, enabling the identification of goods as soon as they enter the UPS network; that helps expedite clearance at the border since the customs paperwork is readied in advance of a shipment’s actual arrival at the border.

UPS Customs Brokerage says it prepares shipment classification, inspections, customs documentation preparation and collection of applicable duties and fees; single invoicing will apply automatically when UPS Freight provides full door-to-door service, including all customs brokerage services performed by UPS.

Truckload services are available over both borders, according to UPS Freight, which provides dedicated carrier, dry-van equipment and container on flatcar service for long-haul intermodal movements.

In continuation of an effort that has slashed transit times throughout the United States, UPS Freight says it also is enhancing its network north of the Canadian border. The next-day service belt around Toronto is being widened to include northern Ohio, northern Indiana and Michigan, while two-day service is being extended to and from Toronto as far south as Georgia; transit times to and from the West will be shortened to points as far as California. UPS says all these service enhancements include the company’s “no fee” guarantee.