Growth of cross-border freight brings concerns on capacity, driver shortage

By Pamella De Leon
Commercial Carrier Journal
June 4, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

Looking at data from the Bureau of Transportation statistics, northbound crossings from Mexico into the U.S., and southbound from Canada to the U.S. presents an interesting contrast. Jason Miller, interim chairperson and professor of supply chain management at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, pointed out, “We see an influx from Mexico to the USA (Q1 2024 up 16% from Q1 2019), whereas southbound border crossings are down 1.4% in Q1 2024 from Q1 2019.” Miller theorizes that the drop in southbound crossings could be due to slower housing starts, especially in the northern U.S., and likely reduced demand for Canadian lumber. …As opportunities for cross-border freight arise, Burkhart said it’s crucial to consider the freight broker you’re working with. Look for a broker with experience in managing cross-border freight and one that has well-established relationships in Mexico, as well as has bilingual experts at multiple crossings. 

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