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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.

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June 18, 2021, Mexico Transportation Market Update

After the spikes we saw in February due to weather impacts, both indexes have leveled out but are still far higher than past years.

  • Capacity is expected to continue to remain tight due to the current environment with port congestion and the upcoming traditional peak season on the horizon.
  • There is a drop in outbound tender volumes and spike in rejections due to the U.S. Memorial Day holiday, but typically these numbers start to reverse again.


As the market continues to evolve, we are here to help. Contact us today or read more about our cross-border service and read business case studies at our Mexico cross-border service page

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In the news: Modest springtime inventory-to-sales ratio bump was short-lived and not likely to bring inventory relief

The U.S. Inventory to Sales Ratio is at the lowest levels ever recorded, and the trans-Pacific shipping system has bounced against its max capacity ceiling. 

At the current rate of sales, Jason Miller, associate professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, suggests $65 billion in inventory will need to be added ahead of the 2021 holiday season to reach the inventories to sales ratio held in 2019. 

In the news: Mexico records 692 commercial cargo thefts in April

The most stolen items are food and beverage, clothing and footwear, auto parts, steel, tires, wine and liquor. 

While most cargo thefts occur in the central and central-western regions of the country, the state of Nuevo León in northern Mexico which includes a key border crossing with Laredo, Texas has also been plagued by crime. In 2020, the state of Nuevo León recorded more than 550 cargo thefts, according to SESNSP. 

According to CargoNet, the leading cargo theft prevention, and recovery company, trailer thefts nearly doubled in 2020 when compared to 2019 figures. 

In 2020, Schneider achieved its ZERO full load theft results through a holistic approach to security, which eliminates theft prevention gaps from beginning to end for truckload and intermodal moves.  CTPAT certification, multiple technologies, procedures, and training provide a multilayered effect that strengthens the supply chain.

Schneider and our Mexico carriers are:

  • C-TPAT certified.
  • Utilize FAST Lane and utilize non-stop intermodal at the border to keep your freight moving.
  • Provide multimodal transportation solutions including van truckload, intermodal, bulk, port and warehousing, as well as brokerage, to provide solutions for your capacity needs.
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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 June 2021

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