FedEx and Averitt Enhance Southern Border Solutions

FedEx has expanded its Transborder Distribution services, part of which includes opening two new border facilities: one in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and the other in El Paso, TX. One aim of the expanded solutions is to move freight from point of origin to Mexican maquilas, then from the maquilas to US distribution centers or end users. FedEx will manage the entire process, including necessary Mexican export documentation.

“With this expanded cross-border solution, FedEx looks to simplify the supply chain process by managing the transportation, brokerage and distribution of shipments that cross the Mexico-US border on a regular basis,” says Ed Clark, chief executive officer and president of FedEx Trade Networks. “The vision is to create a single point of contact to facilitate the efficiency of the entire process.”

With FedEx Transborder Distribution and its expanded services, a cargo shipment from a maquila or other duty-deferral programs in Mexico can arrive in the US in as little as one to five days, depending on the origin and final destination.

Averitt Express is opening a new 30,000 sq. ft. Supply Chain Solutions facility less than a mile from the Pharr Reynosa International Bridge in Texas and four miles from the border. Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge serves as one of the most important ports of entry for the US-Mexico border, connecting Pharr, TX with Reynosa, Tamaulipas, a a major industrial city in northeastern Mexico.

Being so close to the border, Averitt expects to improve speed-to-market for its shipping customers. Describing the facility, Calvin Rackley, Averitt’s regional vice president, observes that, “Through this new facility we can offer consolidation, deconsolidation, warehousing, truckload, less than truckload and expedited services, making us an excellent resource to help our customers speed goods to market and reduce drayage costs.”

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