Schneider: ‘Business as usual’ after cross-border agreement

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Updated Sep 16, 2011

Following the cross-border agreement announced this summer between the United States and Mexico, Schneider National says it’s “business as usual” as the carrier moves customer freight across the two countries’ border.

“We’ve worked with shippers, government entities and a base of highly qualified Mexican carriers over the last 20 years, creating a cross-border process that delivers an efficient, cost-effective and secure system that shortens the supply chain for our customers,” says Jim Filter, general manager for Schneider National de Mexico. “Our process is fine-tuned and well-documented. We have no intentions to fix what’s not broken.”

Schneider, which moves more than 200 cross-border loads per day, has operated in Mexico for nearly two decades using hand-selected Mexican carriers to haul freight in Mexico and navigate the border-crossing process. EZ-Border, the company’s cross-border service, is designed to provide customers with a streamlined operation with a single point of contact, one service and a single invoice.

“EZ-Border manages the process for customers, eliminating their need to arrange the domestic move with one company, the border transfer with another and the foreign carrier movement with a third,” says Filter. “Our expertise also extends to customs regulations, ensuring that freight is compliant and doesn’t experience delays. Schneider’s EZ-Border makes complex international moves easy for customers, allowing them to focus on their core businesses.”

In Mexico, Schneider says it works with a select group of highly recognized and professional Mexican carriers who are selected for their regional focus and market expertise. Each Mexican carrier complies with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards as U.S. carriers, is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and has the highest service standards in the industry.

Cross-border intermodal freight is not included in the recent shipping agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Shippers looking to move freight across the border via rail can use Schneider’s Mexico Direct service, which delivers nonstop, borderless service from the United States and Canada into bonded terminals in Monterrey, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City and back, the company says.