Cargo Transportation in Mexico, United States and Canada

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Mexico has been a strategic partner of both the United States and Canada for many years, together they have the T-MEC in which they seek to ensure that trade relations between countries flow and remain mutually beneficial.

Among these countries there is climatic, linguistic and economic diversity, these differences mean that the transportation of goods is handled differently.

For example, Mexico is a warm country for the most part, compared to the USA and Canada, this leads to transportation regulations depending on the season of the year. During spring there is a thawing process on the roads, this weakens the pavement, and therefore the maximum weight allowed in the US and Canada is reduced. In Mexico there is no such constraint and therefore, when wanting to import or export to neighboring countries, it must be taken into account that there will be occasions when, despite the fact that the merchandise fits in a box, it will have to be moved in two or more due to weight issues.

Coordinating logistics in the countries requires preventing and recognizing all the variables that could impact the transportation process, take action and not react when it is too late.

In highly cold climates tire chains are used, regulations on their use vary from region to region in Canada and the United States. In Yukon, Canada, and in Michigan, United States, it is recommended to use them in icy and snow conditions, while in Alberta, Canada are optional, with the reservation that if the chains damage the roads the driver can be fined. This is not seen in Mexico, we do not have the equipment nor is it considered necessary since the temperatures do not reach extreme cold, but when the temperature drops below 5 degrees and the ice starts on the pavement, all the transportation becomes paralyzed and chaos arises, while in Canada at -40 c they advance more slowly but without major setbacks.

The key to the transportation of goods is to have reliable suppliers with adequate safety and quality measures; In the United States and Canada they have the System of Electronic Registers of Safety and Physical Condition (SAFER); however, in Mexico we do not have something similar. In Mexico, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation regulates cargo transport, but in a less complete way.

To know which are the most reliable carriers in Mexico are you can verify the following:

  • That they are part of C-TPAT, which strengthens supply chains and improves border security.
  • That the units have satellite tracking.
  • Experience, how many years have you been operating?

In DICEX, in addition to having the C-TPAT certification, we have a network of carriers previously evaluated in order to provide the best service and quality to our customers. We have alliances with companies such as SKY Angel so that security is not only in satellite tracking but in different locks that protect your merchandise.

We know the importance of the merchandise we manage and we enforce the trust of our customers and suppliers.