NAFTA: A deal’s a deal
News that the U.S. and Mexican governments have finally inked a Memorandum of Understanding on a new cross-border trucking program will be good for American shippers and, more importantly, save American honor on a promise made and kept.
in the NewsDriver pay jumps 15% in five years, but persistent shortages dog carriers PierPass to adopt appointment System and Flat Fee for OffPeak hours at San Pedro Bay ports Pacific Northwest ports join chorus of opposition to new tariffs FlexMove, Geppert-Band Merge into Dorner Trump’s highly touted infrastructure dream nixed for this year More News
News that the U.S. and Mexican governments have finally inked a memorandum of Understanding on a new cross-border trucking program will be good for American shippers and, more importantly, save American honor on a promise made and kept.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) were among the first industry groups to applaud this move, noting that by bringing the U.S. into compliance with our NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) commitments, shippers will face far fewer retaliatory tariffs on hundreds of products now being exported to this vital trading partner.
At the same time, LM readers will note that there’s been a growing trend to “near-source” goods as a hedge against disruptions in the global supply chain. While most multinationals will continue to rely on existing pipeline partners in distant parts of the world, having a manufacturing base and educated labor pool in this hemisphere represents a significant element of risk mitigation.
We are not suggesting, however, that NAFTA trucking is entirely without a potential downside. Shippers will have to be especially vigilant when it comes to choosing a 3PL partner and/or regional broker when dipping into cross-border trade for the first time.
For related articles click here.
About the AuthorPatrick Burnson, Executive Editor Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]
Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!
LM Viewpoint: 2018 Salary Survey, delivering more than ever Smoother execution through S&OP View More From this Issue