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3PLs can guide shippers through complexities of cross-border trade

More manufacturers are moving supply chains to Mexico

This fireside chat recap is from the FreightWaves 3PL Summit on Wednesday.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: The future of cross-border freight and third-party logistics providers.

DETAILS: Cargado’s Matt Silver breaks down the changing role of 3PLs and how they can help shippers as more manufacturers move their supply chains to Mexico.

SPEAKERS: Silver, co-founder and CEO of Cargado, a FreightTech firm that is building software to simplify the cross-border shipping process, and FreightWaves’ Mary O’Connell.


“You’re going to just continue to see a lot of benefits for companies to move to Mexico and out of Asia. I think it’s just going to continue to explode, and seeing that trade between Mexico and the U.S. was almost $800 billion last year, that’s going to keep growing. We’ll see that continue to skyrocket, especially as some of these massive plants like the Tesla factory in Mexico finally come to fruition.”

“The reason why you don’t see shippers completely focusing on just growing their capacity and going direct to the carriers is because a lot of them don’t want to deal with all those problems at the [Mexican] border. And a lot of carriers aren’t built to support a lot of the customer service side of things. So it’s more advantageous for the carrier to work through a lot of brokers, because they don’t have to deal with everything going on at the border besides turning in the paperwork.”

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One Comment

  1. Freight Zippy

    I will never understand the need for a non asset logistics provider?
    Without any assets all they are is a broker. Totally dependent on an asset based carrier

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Noi Mahoney

Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Maryland and Texas. Contact [email protected]