End-to-end portfolio of supply chain services and solutions creates competitive advantage for CEVA’s customers in both countries
Houston, USA, 29 May, 2013 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, today announced the inauguration of two new services in its US-Mexico Transborder portfolio – ‘Mexico Direct,’ a solution that offers faster customs clearance for Mexico importers, and a new Rail (intermodal) service. Combined with CEVA’s existing portfolio of Transborder service offerings, customers are provided a seamless, end-to-end logistics solution that builds upon the vital relationship between CEVA’s US and Mexico organizations and the company’s extensive infrastructure in both countries.
With more than US$500 billion in goods and services exchanged between the two countries in 2012 (according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia, Mexico’s national statistics bureau), Mexico has become one of the US’ top trading partners. As a result more than 11,000 truck and 1,200 rail car border crossings occur every day – just in Laredo, Texas. With its additional Transborder services, CEVA is well positioned on both sides of the border to leverage its substantial infrastructure and decades of Transborder expertise by adding both a faster and a more economical mode of transport between the two operations.
“CEVA has always been known for its Air and expedited Transborder offerings,” stated Sam Slater, Executive Vice President, Freight Management, for CEVA in North America. “With these new offerings, the company adds an even faster ground expedite solution through ‘Mexico Direct,’ taking a day out of transit, and also provides a more economical and ‘green’ offering by capitalizing on continued infrastructure improvement with our valued Rail partners.”
Increasing US-Mexico trade momentum
Boris Franchomme, Senior Vice President, Mexico and Central America for CEVA, said: “Increasing US-Mexico trade represents a significant opportunity for CEVA, and our innovative Transborder offerings give us a tremendous competitive advantage in the region. By combining our extensive North American network with our Mexican market expertise, we are able to add new capability and flexibility to offer more tailormade solutions for our customers. In addition, CEVA’s non-asset based model allows for flexible and time definite solutions with visibility across the entire supply chain.”
CEVA’s full service Transborder portfolio spans the spectrum from Air charter to intermodal services and all levels between. Additional details are shown below.
Airfreight – CEVA has long been an Airfreight leader in the North American market and works closely with ‘all-cargo’ air freighter operators in addition to all the passenger carriers operating in the Mexico/US market to move express service cargo of all sizes by air to and from all the major business centers
‘Mexico Direct’ – Historically, most of the Transborder shipments coming from the US into Mexico were custom cleared at the border, which meant that every Mexican importer of record, no matter where its corporate offices or production facilities were located, had to set up and maintain a customs broker at the border, resulting in additional costs and lack of oversight. To simplify this process, CEVA now offers customers a combination of its ground LTL (Less-than-Truck Load) network on the US side together with in-bond trucking on the Mexico side. Cargo is moved from any CEVA station up to the company’s Los Angeles or Dallas/Fort Worth consolidation hub, where it is loaded onto dedicated in-bond full trucks and sent directly to selected Mexican airports, avoiding any handling or delays at the border. Cargo is delivered at the Mexican airport, as it if was flown, and ready for local customs clearance by the importer of record
Full Truck Load (FTL) – CEVA’s non-asset based model allows for flexible sourcing options with its preferred carriers. Last year, the volume of northbound trucks handled by CEVA in Mexico grew 33% vs. 2011, with 10% growth in southbound trucks vs. 2011
LTL – CEVA’s internal North American ground network connects every one of our stations in North America with a time definite, scheduled operation. This enables the company to build solutions around customers’ unique service requirements, with fewer touch points, faster transit time and greater visibility
Rail (intermodal) – In recent years, significant investment has taken place to improve the Mexican rail infrastructure, resulting in double digit growth in intermodal volumes between Mexico and the US. Through its intermodal marketing partners, CEVA can provide customers with complete door-to-door solutions with lower transportation costs.
The new services are now available.