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Transloading on the Rise at US-Mexico Border

The dynamics of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico are changing. More U.S.-bound shipments are being sent to transloading facilities at the border before heading north, logistics operators say. That opens new opportunities for U.S. companies importing goods from Mexico and may actually reduce cross-border transportation costs and speed shipments. Deconsolidating and reloading shipments at a cross-dock is a departure from the standard practice of simply swapping tractors at the border and hauling the shipment direct to its destination. Several factors are driving the trend, especially the growing imbalance in truck capacity along the U.S.-Mexican border, where more loads move north than go south.

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November 10, 2015