November 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm #121242
We are looking into a new revenue generator project for our company in Central Mexico, and I read your article that relates to what we want to do. Using the NAFTA corridor to transload maritime containers into 53-foot rail containers and reship to the USA, as an alternative to the west ports.
The idea is while we unload the cargo we want to offer as well the fulfillment services to the customer so before we get to their hubs or stores we can gain time for them with Mexican labor cost and revenue to our business
Would you be interested to talk to me about some of your experience like you did in this document? or what other good info you could share with me to be able to develop and consider the right information and timeframes.November 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm #121749
Cross-border fulfillment to US consumers, if that’s what you’re considering, is going to add time and cost to orders versus doing b2b shipments into the US and distributing to buyers from within borders. I’m not saying it can’t work, but single-piece consumer shipments have to go through a different customs process to cross the US/Mexico border. You need to look into these costs, potential carriers, plus any added time needed to clear customs.
If you have the volume, perhaps you can offer batch fulfillment. With that, you’d pack in Mexico, bring packed/labeled orders across in a batch for customs purposes, then drop the labeled shipments to shippers on the US side.
There are ways to tackle this, but you need to balance the costs and added customs time against the labor savings. If you want to give me more details I can see what other input I can offer.