Third-Party Logistics Company Becomes Single Source Provider for U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Customers, Deploys Using Lean Six Sigma Practices

November 15, 2011 (Dallas, TX) - Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced that its Mexico division has become licensed as a U.S. Customs Broker. The third-party logistics (3PL) provider currently manages more than 3,000 shipments per month across the U.S. – Mexico border. By obtaining this license, the company is now a single source provider giving full visibility to its cross-border customers.

Customs Brokers are private individuals, partnerships, associations or corporations licensed, regulated and empowered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assist importers and exporters in meeting Federal requirements governing imports and exports. Brokers must have expertise in the entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for imported merchandise; and, they provide the necessary information and appropriate payments to CBP on behalf of their customers. While there are over 10,000 licenses, only a handful belong to 3PL entities.

“At Fenco, we recognize that there are very few third-party logistics companies that can provide full service when crossing the border. Transplace Mexico has taken that even further by providing a transportation management system (TMS) that is fully integrated with Mexico and U.S. Customs status events,” said Logistics Director Pedro Hernandez from Fenco. “The visibility and speed of service gained offers us a competitive advantage for our customers and suppliers.”

Fenco partnered with Transplace in part because of its strong expertise in transportation management services and U.S.-Mexico customs brokerage capabilities. Because of the nature of its business – where auto parts are shipped back and forth between Mexico and the U.S. – incremental costs can quickly become significant and visibility to those costs is enhanced when a controlling technical solution is in place.

“Transplace Mexico was formed in late 2007, and the vision from the beginning was to give Transplace customers an experienced logistics partner that could offer a full TMS solution with visibility, reporting, tracking, and ultimately, the ability to strategically plan and execute its cross-border operations. Earning this license is a very important part of the full plan coming to fruition,” said Transplace Mexico Managing Director Jose Minarro. “To make sure that it best serves our customers, Transplace Mexico is using a Lean Six Sigma approach for deployment – in line with our corporate culture – to set up procedures and systems using our new license.”

About Fenwick Automotive Parts (Fenco)

Established in 1949, Fenco has evolved to become a leader in the North American Automotive Aftermarket, offering over 14 distinct product lines of both Remanufactured and New products. Within the 800,000 square feet of Remanufacturing and Distribution located in Canada, USA & Mexico, every associate exemplifies the word "pride" while making quality parts and providing exceptional service to customers. It's this kind of integrity and dedication that has always kept Fenco on the leading edge of Quality and Customer Satisfaction.

About Transplace
Transplace is a non-asset based third party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers, retailers and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. From complete logistics management outsourcing to intelligent transportation management systems (TMS) and supply chain network planning and design to high-quality brokerage services, Transplace has proven the ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to customers. The company is recognized among the elite global 3PLs by a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world.

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