The US is Mexico’s largest trading partner, and Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market – after Canada – and its third-largest trading partner. After a continuing growth in manufacturing, and the rise in intermodal cross-border shipments between the US and Mexico, UPS has decided to focus on the growing trade lane.
Automotive is one of the priority industries UPS serves out of Mexico, and US-to-Mexico trade is the same. Agustin Picardo, UPS’s country manager for Mexico said, “Small and medium-sized enterprises in Mexico have a lot of opportunity to grow through exports and UPS has solutions to help them.”
In 2014, UPS established a centre of excellence for US-Mexico trade, where experts evaluated and improved offerings, focusing on the needs of shippers.
Carlos Cubias, vice-president of the UPS centre of excellence said, “We reengineered and aligned our capabilities for more flexibility, reliability, visibility and simplicity. Shippers now have the same service options: express, expedited or standard – for all shipments regardless of size. In addition, UPS is the only carrier with delivery guarantees for LTL and package shipments when we are the customs broker.
“With UPS’s acquisition of Coyote Logistics in 2015, shippers gained Coyote’s leading technologies for truckload services, giving customers the ultimate in visibility and confidence. UPS has seen nearly a 20% increase in customer requests for US-Mexico cross-border movements.”
As of January 2016, UPS has introduced a new delivery guarantee when UPS is the customs broker; a new, single national power of attorney in Mexico that covers 27 ports of entry so shippers have less paperwork for more efficient customs clearance; a cross-border portfolio with more time-in-transit options than any other carrier; and truckload service between the US and Mexico for a complete offering.