Looking for an easy way to ship your cargo to Mexico?
Choose the best freight forwarder to transport your goods to Mexico safely and on time.

Exporting goods to Mexico, whether it is for the first time, or on a regular basis, can be a challenging experience. There are many elements to consider when shipping to a country such as Mexico.
If you are in Canada or the US and not entirely familiar with the Latin American market, you should consider a cargo shipping company that knows the business culture, the language, the customs regulations and has a proven track record of success when it comes to freight shipping to Mexico.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN MEXICO?

Regulations in Mexico are not only very different from the ones in the US or Canada, communication methods and business etiquette are also very distinct:
Corporate culture in Mexico is relationship-driven. Mexicans value trust, honor & camaraderie. They attach great importance to developing personal relationships rather than formal business connections which is the norm in the US or Canada. Therefore, it is important to develop easy going business “friendships” as Mexicans may be more loyal to you personally rather than to the company you represent. Third-party contacts are also a key to business success in Mexico. An established person vouching for you and presenting your company will help you gain trust in the market.
Flexibility and spontaneity are also common traits of Mexicans. In Mexico, there is a less strict sense of time than in US and Canada.
It is also important to consider the language as a possible barrier. Although most highly-educated business executives speak English fluently, the average person speaks only Spanish.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT MEXICO (2018)

  • Capital: Mexico City
  • Other Large Cities: Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, León, Tijuana, Juárez, Mérida
  • Population: 126,190,788 (Urban Population: 80.2%)
  • Official languages: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT - 5
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)

ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT ( Source: IMF - World Bank, 2018)

  • GDP: 1,222.05 billion USD (GDP Growth: 2,1 % / GDP per capita: 9,797 USD)
  • Inflation Rate: 4.9%
  • Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
  • Total Imports of Goods: 476,55 billion USD
  • FDI Inward Flow: 37.50 billion USD (3,1% of GDP)
  • Ease of Doing Business Score: 54th / 190

WHY DOING BUSINESS WITH MEXICO IS THE RIGHT DECISION

As one of the most important trade partners to the USA, Mexico is a growing economy full of business opportunities for companies looking to expand Internationally.
Many assembly plants called maquiladoras located along the Mexico US border, receive raw materials to assemble goods that are then exported mostly to the US as finished products. This has contributed to a sharp upswing in Mexico’s economy and a dynamic impact on its global supply chain. The need for shipping cargo to and from Mexico has been increasing tremendously through the years.

The border state of Sonora and its capital Hermosillo is a frequent shipping destination of raw materials transported from countries like China, Korea and the US to be used in the production of various end products to serve different industries.

Our experienced professionals are very familiar with the market requirements in Mexico which is very important to avoid delays during the importation process. We provide you with all the necessary tools to break into the Mexican market, headache free. With LAC by your side, you will reinforce your company’s cargo shipping capability.

MEXICO TRADE OVERVIEW

  • MAIN IMPORTS: Crude Oil & Petrochemicals, Vehicles Parts & Accessories, Electronic Parts, Electrical machinery, Electrical equipment, Consumer goods, Food & Beverage.
  • MAIN EXPORTS: Personal and Professional Vehicles, Vehicles Parts & Accessories, Electrical Machinery, Oil, Electronic Equipment, Telecommunication Equipment, Medical Equipment.
  • INDUSTRIES WITH STRONG BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Transport infrastructures, Manufacturing, Construction, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Traditional and Renewable Energy, Retail and consumer goods.
  • PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNERS: USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Colombia, Europe (Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy), Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand.

What makes us your ideal logistics partner?

Every country in every continent offers a unique mix of laws, guidelines, customs regulations, documentation requirements, controlled or prohibited goods lists, communication norms, and cultural biases. If you want to be successful in penetrating the Mexican market, you will need a logistics partner that understands the Mexican culture, the business landscape and speaks the local language as well.

Our team of experts offer you superior freight forwarding services and the best rates for your cargo shipping to Mexico. Our combined experience, extensive knowledge; logistics skills and local connections will help you get started on the right foot and make sure that your goods are transported quickly, safely, and worry-free.

We have your company’s best interests at heart, if you want to be successful in Mexico Latin American Cargo is the best freight forwarding company for you.

IMPORT AND CUSTOM PARTICULARS

If you are shipping merchandise to Mexico by land, sea or air for the first time, guidance and support will surely be needed, as there are guidelines, prohibitions and restrictions to consider.

WHAT PAPERWORK IS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS TO MEXICO?


Documentation requirements vary depending on the category of goods being shipped and can get quite extensive. They usually include Commercial invoice, Bill of lading / Air waybill, Packing list, Insurance certificate, Certificate of Origin (if required). To avoid delays or hassles when shipping to Mexico, your packing list must be as detailed as possible. Vague wording like “miscellaneous” attracts negative attention and further inspections.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS WHEN FREIGHT SHIPPING TO MEXICO?


Regulations can be strict on certain categories of goods being imported to Mexico. Prior authorization or special permits may be needed for certain items such as agricultural products, processed foods, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or antiques. Prohibited commodities include certain used vehicles, used clothing and accessories, used tires, certainly used machinery and all types of toxic wastes or dangerous residues.

Duties and tariffs are usually based on the total value of the shipment in question, and depending on how well-documented the cargo is, those values could be determined by the judgment of Customs Officials on the spot.

Shipping cargo to Mexico is easier with LAC as we have overcome these obstacles many times and have developed a thorough understanding of the customs procedures.

MAIN OCEAN PORT, CARGO AIRPORTS & ROUTES WHEN SHIPPING TO / FROM MEXICO

  • MAIN GROUND CROSSING BORDERS: The main crossing borders for commercial cargo shipping by ground into Mexico are Laredo-Nuevo Laredo, Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras, El Paso-Ciudad Juarez, Nogales Arizona-Nogales Sonora, Calexico-Mexicali, San Diego-Tijuana.
  • MAIN OCEAN PORTS: Manzanillo, Veracruz, Lázaro Cárdenas, Altamira, Enseñada, Progreso
  • MAIN CARGO AIRPORTS: Mexico City (MEX), Guadalajara (GDL), Monterrey (MTY), Queretaro(QRO), Toluca (TLC), Cancun (CUN), Tijuana (TIJ), Hermosillo (HMO)

Looking for the best way to ship to Mexico? LAC is your best freight forwarding solution!

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