UTi Worldwide launches U.S.-Mexico cross-border service

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Global logistics provider UTi Worldwide has launched a new U.S.-Mexico cross-border service designed to simplify and speed trade across the U.S. and Mexico borders. The suite of cross-border services includes HTS verification, Previo (physical verification) Mexico in-house brokerage, pedimento (Mexico customs brokerage documentation), cross dock, transportation, full truckload, less than truckload, consolidation, “hot shots” and specialized trade, as well as a range of global UTi services, including air, ocean and road freight forwarding.

The service also uses UTi’s single source of contact service and has 24/7 tracking visibility through eMpower, UTi’s automated tracking and tracing system, and uWarehouse, UTi’s warehouse management system. UTi’s global visibility tool is integrated, centralized and real time. “The new border service and its combined infrastructure are designed to assist companies in leveraging lower cost manufacturing and better ‘near shore’ options,” says Jeff Hammond, global vice president of trade services and compliance for UTi Worldwide, based in Long Beach, Calif.

The company says the service consists of two major U.S. distribution facilities in Texas and seven Mexico facilities, and combines transportation services and freight forwarding with brokerage services to provide a seamless flow of goods southbound and a faster northbound clearance process from Mexico. UTi has multiclient distribution facilities in McAllen and Laredo, Texas, while in Mexico it offers clients seven 3PL solution facilities in Chihuahua, Guadalajara, El Paso, Reynosa, Monterrey, Matamoros, and Toluca.

“As cross-border trade continues to grow, we recognize a faster and more efficient cross-border surface transport service is required to handle the growing trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico,” Hammond says. “As manufacturers look for closer, more sustainable locations to produce goods, UTi’s seamless service manages brokerage at both borders while providing better visibility, control and monitoring throughout the process.”