All trucking companies in Mexico must have a commercial certification-Socio Commercial Certificado--and working in coordination with an Operador Económico Autorizado (OEA)-certified company by December 31, 2017, in order to be able to continue using fast access lanes when crossing the border.

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program has encouraged the exchange of data with Mexico’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program also known as OEA (AEO/OEA), formerly known as the New Scheme of Certified Companies (Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas (NEEC). The process entails a two-step process to enable OEA Mexico to grant preferential benefits to CTPAT companies who export cargo into Mexico. Certification is encouraged to strengthen supply chain security and to promote the competitiveness of various foreign trade players within Mexico.

For businesses that did not obtain commercial certification by year’s end, they can do so quickly and efficiently in 2018 using Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance solution.

Finding a Solution

Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance product not only provides organizations the ability to validate the security of their supply chain but also improves supply chain visibility.

Companies search to find the most cost-efficient sourcing for products and raw materials. This requires a full assessment of costs including duty rates and rules of eligibility for preferential treatment. Manually navigating assessments can take days--and once information is collected, analyzed and shared, data could already be out-of-date.

The Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance solution assists in collecting information required for any compliance certification or regulation, enforcing safety standards for product safety, and providing the framework for building a corporate social and environmental responsibility (SER) program.

Part 1: Secure Trade Lanes: First in a Four-Part Series on U.S. CBP Priorities

The road for global trade opportunity, security and compliance during the next four years will consist of four distinct lanes, while United States Custom and Border Protection (CBP) policies will serve as the “guardrails,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Trade, told attendees of the East Coast Trade Symposium this month.  

The four lanes comprising CBP’s trade strategy include:

Secure Trade Lanes--prioritizing CBP effort to protect against high-risk goods moving into and out of the U.S.

Next Generation Facilitation --which looks at opportunities for deregulation and new business models, or what the CBP is calling a move toward an updated 1993 Customs Modernization Act, or “Mod Act 2.0.”

Intelligent Enforcement --which calls on CBP to integrate its resources across the U.S. government and apply them to enforcing trade laws and regulations.

Resource Optimization--which focuses the agency’s attention on getting the best value for the U.S. dollar, and determining what level of resources CBP needs and the willingness of its stakeholders to invest in the agency.