Shipping between the U.S. and Mexico is not as easy as it may seem. In order to transport shipments between these countries, there are certain regulations and documents that must be legally followed. The most common methods of shipping goods from the United States to Mexico are by truck, rail, air and sea, or a mixture of two or more of these transportation modes.
Here’s what you need to know when you’re shipping from the U.S. to Mexico:
- An American carrier will transport your cargo to the border and deliver it to the designated carrier who has been selected / hired by the Mexican consignee (the recipient of his goods).
- The carrier receives your shipment, inspects the cargo, checks all documents and prepares the shipment to enter Mexico on behalf of the Mexican customs agent who is handling your shipment.
- The Mexican customs agent will formally present the Mexican customs entry on behalf of the Mexican consignee.
- Now it’s time for your cargo to cross the border! A third party transportation company will ship your shipment across the border, through customs, and then deliver it to the selected Mexican carrier’s facility.
- Finally, the Mexican carrier transports its cargo inland to its final destination in Mexico, the consignee
Here’s what you need to know when you’re shipping from Mexico to the U.S:
- A Mexican carrier transports its cargo to the border city.
- A Mexican customs agent formally presents the entry of the Mexican export customs on behalf of the Mexican sender so that the goods can legally leave the country.
- A licensed U.S. customs agent then files the U.S. customs clearance so that the shipment can enter the U.S. on behalf of the U.S. importer of record (the consignee).
- A third party transportation company will ship your shipment across the border, through the U.S. Customs, and deliver the shipment to the selected U.S. carrier’s premises.
- The U.S. carrier transports the freight to the final destination.
Here are the basic import and export documents you’ll need:
- Import /export form
- Commercial invoice
- Bill of lading
- NAFTA Certificate of Origin (only if goods qualify for NAFTA)
Every country has its own regulations and shipping requirements so it’s important to be aware of this information before shipping to any country. Contact our team of cross-border experts here at Logistics Plus to learn more about shipping between the U.S and Mexico.