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Mexico Transportation Market Update

Schneider publishes this regular Mexico transportation market update to keep you informed of freight market conditions, supply and demand influencers, and disruptions that may impact your supply chain. 

This report is developed by leveraging data and analytics from multiple transportation industry resources. Our goal is to provide the latest market insights to help you navigate the ongoing market volatility.

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July 27, 2021, Mexico Transportation Market Update

Laredo outbound tender volumes consistently higher in 2021 vs. 2020


Laredo’s outbound tender volume -- a measure of shipper requests for truckload capacity as well as tender rejects -- have both been consistently higher in 2021 than 2020, though are much lower right now vs. the same time last year, when they spiked during Peak Season.

As the market and regulations continue to evolve, we are here to help. 

Whether moving a critical load, keeping your supply chain going, or long-term planning, Schneider remains committed to safely and securely delivering your freight.

Contact us today or read more about our cross-border service and read business case studies at our Mexico cross-border service page

Customer advisory: Mexico Implements new Bill of Lading requirements

Mandatory by Sept. 30, 2021 for all cross-border moves

Complemento Carta Porte al CFDI / Bill of Lading Complement to a CFDI -- There is an important new requirement to shipping your cross-border freight, which is currently in effect and will be required by Mexico law by September 30, 2021.

The Mexican government has recently issued a new fiscal control that will directly impact all commercial transportation moves in Mexico. As a means to have greater control over the transportation sector, the Mexican government through the Secretariat of Finance (Hacienda) has issued a new requirement that will tie all cargo moves digitally to a formal digital invoice, referred to in Mexico as a CFDI, by obligating the carrier to add certain information to this electronic document in order to create a digital version of a Bill of Lading. The Bill of Lading will now be a “complement” of the digital invoice that was issued for the shipment by the Mexican carrier.


What impacts will this have over Mexico/U.S. cross-border shippers?

The reform will have an impact on practically all shippers and the different players across the transportation supply chain. Mexican shippers will now be required to share additional information with their Mexican carrier base in order to adequately document a shipment. This will include piece count, weight, merchandise to be moved, the final destination of said merchandise, and in the case of International Transportation, the Pedimento associated with that move; among other things.

What modes of transportation does this requirement apply to?

  • The requirement applies to all modes of transportation crossing over the Mexico and U.S. border – truckload, intermodal, and bulk.

When will the bill of lading complement the CFDI requirement come into effect?

  • The requirement came into effect on June 1, 2021, with a 120-day grace period –meaning the requirement will become mandatory on September 30, 2021.

What do I need to prepare for this new requirement?

  • The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you are working with carriers that have procedures, policies, controls, and correct tax compliance in place that guarantee that these types of changes are considered and complied with.
    • Your Schneider Customer Service Representative will be working with you to proactively determine any additional data needs you will need to send prior to implementation. Due to the additional data needed to schedule a pick-up, it will be important to provide the information early and accurately. Working under a pre-dispatch scenario or using a consolidated Pedimento for your outbound needs will also drive efficiencies.

    In the news: U.S. extends travel curbs at Canada and Mexico land borders

    • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the closure of its land borders with both Canada and Mexico to non essential travel through at least Septemeber 21.
    • The land border closures do not apply to essential travel such as transportation.
    • The White House confirmed on Aug. 5 it may require visitors from abroad to be vaccinated as part of its plans to eventually reopen international travel but it had yet to decide and would not immediately lift restrictions.
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    In the news: Chip shortage sinks Mexican auto exports in July

    • Automobile manufacturing in Mexico fell 27% in July compared to the same month last year, while exports fell 24% year over year, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) due to the semiconductor shortage.
    • More than 76% of the vehicles assembled in Mexico were exported to the U.S., followed by Canada (6.7%), Germany (5.3%), Colombia (1.5%) and the United Arab Emirates (1.4%).
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    Auto parts manufacturer revitalizes its supply chain with a cross-border solution

    When it comes to hauling heavy automotive parts, weight capacity is of utmost importance—and inefficient hauls mean dollars wasted. While its previous carrier was limited to a maximum of 43,400 lbs., Schneider’s intermodal steelwheel solution for shipping allowed the manufacturer to haul up to 53,400 lbs. per load on the rail from Canada to Mexico.

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    By avoiding putting freight on a chassis and moving it across town on the road, the manufacturer was able to add the extra weight, adding efficiency and making every fifth load essentially free! This equated to big savings on the manufacturer’s bottom line.

    Read the full case study here.

    Published August 2021

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