Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, has announced that its Mexico division has become licensed as a U.S. Customs Broker. The third-party logistics (3PL) provider currently manages more than 3,000 shipments per month across the U.S. – Mexico border. By obtaining this license, the company said it is now a “single source provider giving full visibility to its cross-border customers.”
According to Transplace, Customs brokers are private individuals, partnerships, associations or corporations licensed, regulated and empowered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assist importers and exporters in meeting federal requirements governing imports and exports. Brokers must have expertise in the entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for imported merchandise; and, they provide the necessary information and appropriate payments to CBP on behalf of their customers. While over 10,000 such licenses have been issued, Transplace noted, only a handful belong to 3PLs.
“Transplace Mexico was formed in late 2007, and the vision from the beginning was to give Transplace customers an experienced logistics partner that could offer a full TMS solution with visibility, reporting, tracking, and ultimately, the ability to strategically plan and execute its cross-border operations,” said Transplace Mexico managing director Jose Minarro. “Earning this license is a very important part of the full plan coming to fruition.
“To make sure that it best serves our customers,” he added, “Transplace Mexico is using a Lean Six Sigma approach for deployment – in line with our corporate culture – to set up procedures and systems using our new license.”
Transplace is a non-asset based 3PL provider offering complete logistics management outsourcing, intelligent transportation management systems (TMS), supply chain network planning and design, and brokerage services.