August 2013
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Mexicom Logistics Newsletter

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We're thrilled to bring you our eighth edition of this newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to provide you with quick, useful information for your business in Mexico.
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Laredo insist on need for new international bridge
International crossings in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, make up 38% of international trade in Mexico. Tamaulipas, want to promote a new international bridge, something that in the US is not seen as necessary. However, efforts to develop this new infrastructure are continuing. Federal Deputy, Glafiro Salinas, Secretary of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, the current bridge in the Mexican northern city could accommodate the next seven years, after which, will be exceeded. "We urge within this time left [to develop] a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, area. We are interested in Nuevo Laredo to remain one of the most important customs of Latin America." He says.

For the deputy, if there is no authorization for the construction of the bridge, the benefit would be to Colombia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, which would serve to relieve the burden, and is currently underused and hardly occupies 30% of its capacity, besides passing meat, automotive and oversized trucking units with hazardous material, that are not allowed by Nuevo Laredo. However, the Director of Foreign Affairs Department of Transportation in Texas, Jorge Garcés, told that the strategy, rather than building new bridges, should go through making better use of existing and underutilized, and expand hours of customs.



Bajio area needs more infrastructure

Currently, approximately one million people live in the Bajio Mexican region, an area that is growing fast, overall with the arrival of new investments, especially in the automotive industry. It is estimated that in ten years the population will triple, so the transport infrastructure needs will also be increased. Expanding road infrastructure between Queretaro and Celaya are two priorities, said the VP of the National Chamber of Industry (Canacintra) Central Bajio region, Juan Carlos Rojas.


As for the connection between Queretaro and Celaya, said, that the current two-lane roads that connect both cities soon might fall short. "Celaya has a lot of economic power, but nowhere to grow. Many people who come to the area are going to live in Queretaro. So, rather than expansion of existing roads, the strategy could be develop new ways to enable the loading moves between the two points." Rojas said that "in a radius of 400 kilometers, the Bajio area represents 70% of Mexican economy."





Deputies are on the approval of regulations between Mexico and the U.S. Customs



A major part of the congestion problems on the border between Mexico and the US would be solved if both countries customs regulations were homologated, so, their legislatures are considering the possibility of reaching some agreements. They will look to create a joint committee for the examination of proposals and initiatives. This could also lead to finally implement measures that has been claimed by many of those involved in international trade between Mexico and the US, including extension of hours of border crossings up to a 24-hour operation, seven days a week.




A view also held by the president of the Starr-Camargo bridge, Sam Okay. He said "ideally the two customs, the Mexican side and the US be as one. But each has its own program. Why not begin to do the same plan on the border with Mexico?" He asked. It recognized that the characteristics between the southern border and the northern U.S. are different, but you can take steps to undo old structures. "You have to plan and start dealing with trade as a business, not just as bureaucracy. We identified problems, now we must start looking for solutions."



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In this section you will find information of the indicators which summarize Mexico's foreign trade operations by main countries, Agreements and Treaties, and by tariff codes. 



Edition: 8
In this edition:
Need for new International Bridge
Bajio area need more infrastructure
Approval of regulations Mexico-U.S.
Mexican Foreign Trade
Quick links
At border conference, speakers emphasize trade
Benefits from cross-border program
Project to eliminate border transfer

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At Border Conference, Speakers Emphasize Trade  

Mexico's economy is the fastest growing among the NAFTA nations, but that growth is limited because of outdated infrastructure and policies crafted by out-of-touch leaders in Washington and Mexico City, according to elected officials and business leaders who spoke during a conference co-sponsored by UTEP and the Council of the Americas at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S. Eduardo Medina Mora, said, that figure was surprising because of what he called a 21st century trade relationship based on 20th century policies and a "19th century infrastructure." Six million U.S. jobs depend on how much Mexico buys from the U.S. but the most important obstacle is the border, he added. For each minute of delay on the five busiest international bridges, about $116 million in economic output is lost, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce study. And by 2017, those losses could surpass $12 billion if no action is taken.


Javier Treviño, a Mexican congressman said, that. "Mexico City and Washington are too far away from the border. There is a lot of misunderstanding, lack of information and people are not very aware of what's happening in the region." 







Mexican Fleets Cite Benefits from Cross-Border Program 

Mexican trucking companies that are participating in the U.S. cross-border freight pilot program said it allows them to provide faster service to customers and to have more control over their own operations than the older alternatives, such as transferring freight to U.S. carriers near the border.  Mexican fleet officials said the program, which is run by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, presents the opportunity to make door-to-door trips between the United States and Mexico.




Transportes Monteblanco, the trucking division of produce distributor Monteblanco, joined the pilot to take control of distribution between its warehouse in Saltillo, in northeastern Mexico, and its customers in Texas. "This way, we have more control over delivering our stuff at the time we're supposed to get it there," said Juan Carlos Fuentes, the company's general manager. "Our response from our customers has been improved drastically, because we have our own control."


Mexican carriers not in the pilot program generally are limited to a commercial zone across the border, where they must transfer the freight to a U.S. carrier. As of last week, only 12 Mexican carriers had been fully admitted into the pilot. 




Source: TT News



Project proposes to eliminate Mexico - U.S. border transfer


If the North Gate project goes ahead, the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge, located in Nuevo Leon, will be the first to eliminate the transfer sevice  in the border with the U.S. saving, according to data provided by the state government, $10 million annually to the company's automotive cluster.


According to the draft Cooperation Office for Border Area Development of Nuevo Leon (Codefront), by striking the transfer, which costs $100 per crossing, would expedite the exchange of goods foreign trade at the border port, an "objective to be achieved in coordination with the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and customs of Colombia (Nuevo Leon)." This is also intended to increase the use of the bridge, which is currently underutilized, Also, federal and state governments have invested in a new quarantine station, which opened this year, and handling of cattle between 12 and 15% and the waiting time in half.







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