The Road Ahead Newsletter
CFI Logistica — Experience you can count on
Before the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994, few transportation companies were servicing the Mexico market. CFI was an exception — it started shipping freight across the border in 1985 at the request of a customer. Today, there is plenty of competition for that business; in fact, the value of United States-Mexico trade totaled $579.7 billion in 2016. Mexico is currently the 3rd largest goods trading partner for the US with $525.1 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $231.0 billion; goods imports totaled $294.2 billion. Clearly, a transportation company has to differentiate itself to survive in that crowded and growing marketplace. CFI has done that and more.
Your product in Mexico
CFI provides through-trailer service to Mexico — as required by law, only the trailers cross the border, our CFI drivers do not. For example, at the Laredo, Texas, border, the trailer is delivered by a CFI driver to our terminal in Laredo for inspection (and an interchange) or directly to the forwarders/broker’s facility. From the forwarder’s location, a transfer company then pulls the CFI trailer through U.S. and Mexican customs and delivers the trailer to one of more than 80 CFI-approved Mexican carriers. Processes at the other gateways are similar, with minor operational differences. CFI offers service through all the major Mexico gateways, including Laredo, El Paso, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas; Calexico and Otay Mesa, Calif.; Douglas and Nogales, Ariz., and Santa Teresa, N.M.
For domestic shipments within Mexico, we switch from the CFI asset division to CFI Logistica. A non-asset-based entity, CFI Logistica operates an LTL network with six cross-dock terminals as well as contracts truckload shipments and specialized cargo domestically within Mexico. Another arm of CFI, CFI de Mexico, performs Mexico sales and customer service operations strategically located in the interior of the country: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Chihuahua, Nogales and Mexicali.
Mexico business has at times represented as much as 55 percent of CFI’s total revenue, but recent domestic growth has reduced that number to 36 percent. Every day we track more than 2,000 trailers in Mexico and touch each of those trailers at least once a day. Annually, CFI handles more than $180 million in cross-border shipments, and with current political dynamics, our solid expertise allows a firmer footing for cross-border.
Mexico offers some distinct advantages over countries much farther away.
“One nice thing about Mexico is that a company can manufacture a product and get it to a U.S. consumer in a very short period of time,” said Pete Montaño, vice president of sales, CFI.
With cross-border experience dating back to the mid-1980s, CFI has had the time to develop a mature infrastructure and one of the strongest relationships with Mexican carriers to service Mexico as well as understand the Mexico marketplace. For its excellence in export service, we have won both Presidential ‘E’ and Presidential ‘E Star’ Awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
New Hires Bring Expertise and Opportunity to CFI Customers
CFI is pleased to announce the addition of Antonio Oropeza to the CFI family as Director of Logistics for CFI Logistica and Jeanette Gil-Jadallah to the CFI Sales Team as National Business Development Manager for CFI Logistics.
With extensive experience in logistics, Antonio has studied and worked in Hong Kong, Brazil, Germany and Mexico over the course of his 19-year career. He previously worked for Lufthansa Cargo, Panalpina, Exel Global, which was purchased by DHL, and other intra-Mexico logistics companies. In addition to his logistics knowledge, we are excited to add his level of expertise in air, intermodal, ocean and freight management, which will soon be added to our portfolio of transportation offerings.
Jeanette comes to CFI from Worldwide Express where she was US/MX Business Development Executive. Her 15 years of international logistics experience began in airfreight services and full truckload. She was instrumental in the establishment of a Guadalajara asset-based transportation terminal, successfully adding BASC & C-TPAT certification and compliance. Jeanette then moved to an Ocean Freight Forwarder followed by North American LTL, adding hotshot, flatbed, and cross-border services. She graduated from the University of Guadalajara with a BBA in International Business.
Combining CFI’s industry position under TFI International, Inc., and Antonio and Jeanette’s expertise, CFI Logistics and Logistica are poised for growth with new valued-added services in logistics, brokerage and freight management.
ABOUT TFI INTERNATIONAL
TFI International Inc. is a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, operating across the United States, Canada and Mexico through its subsidiaries. TFI International creates value for shareholders by identifying strategic acquisitions and managing a growing network of wholly owned operating subsidiaries. Under the TFI International umbrella, companies benefit from financial and operational resources to build their businesses and increase their efficiency. TFI International companies service the following segments:
- package and courier
- TFI International Inc. is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TFII) and the OTCQX marketplace in the U.S. (OTCQX: TFIFF). For more information, visit http://www.tfiintl.com.
CFI is a leading provider of time-definite 53-foot dry-van truckload transportation services in North America. Headquartered in Joplin, Missouri, CFI has a fleet of 2,400 company tractors and 8,000 trailers in addition to an independent contractor fleet. CFI provides solo, team and dedicated trucking operations with consistent quality service. Visit CFI on the web at CFIdrive.com or call (417) 623-5229.