Borderlands: Mexico reports more than 5,000 cargo thefts in the first half of 2021

Borders is a weekly recap of developments in the world of cross-border trucking and trade between the United States and Mexico. This week: Mexico reports more than 5,000 cargo thefts in the first half of 2021; automotive supplier moves to Texas, creating 315 jobs; Mexico City-Based Last Mile Logistics Service Provider Raises $ 7 Million; and the international customs broker extends near the US-Mexico border.

Mexico reports more than 5,000 cargo thefts in the first half of 2021

Commercial trucks remain at significant risk of theft or hijacking on Mexican highways every month, according to data from the Mexican Secretariat for Citizen Security and Protection (SSPC).

From January to July, the SSPC recorded more than 5,260 cargo trucks that were stolen across the country.

The top 12 states in Mexico with the most cargo theft in the first seven months of 2021 are:

  • State of Mexico 2,024
  • Guanajuato 489
  • Michoacan 454
  • Veracruz 492
  • Puebla 396
  • Jalisco 345
  • Hidalgo 238
  • San Luis Potosí 200
  • Queretaro 198
  • Morelos 189
  • Tlaxcala 142
  • Nuevo Leon 93

The central region of Mexico recorded the highest number of cargo theft cases overall at 55%, followed by the western part of Mexico at 29%.

The most commonly stolen items are food and drink, clothing and footwear, auto parts, steel, tires, wine and alcohol, according to Mexico’s National Public Security System, an agency that monitors crime.

According to Verónica Torres, executive director of the Mexican Association of Private Security Companies, security strategies carriers should think about include satellite tracking devices and highway surveillance devices on roads in high crime areas, as well as the use of convoys to transport goods.

“The technology is available; review your processes so that you have the technology that generates the security you need, ”Torres said during the Ensure safe freight transport seminar at DHL Transportation Forum 2021 on September 11.

Automotive supplier moves to Texas, creating 315 jobs

Vehicle Accessories Inc. announced that it is leasing a 310,000 square foot facility in Mesquite, Texas.

The auto products company will relocate next year, moving its 315 manufacturing jobs from New York City and Canada to Texas.

Vehicle Accessories produces vehicle door edge guards, fenders, moldings, bumper protectors, door sills and floor mats.

The company’s customers include Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Subaru, Nissan, Infiniti, Honda and General Motors.

Mexico City-Based Last Mile Logistics Provider Raises $ 7 Million

Cargamos, a last mile logistics platform, announced a $ 7 million increase in follow-up funding, bringing its total start-up round to $ 11 million.

The Mexico City-based company said it would use the funds to build a large order processing facility in Mexico City, according to TechCrunch.

Cargamos works with many of Mexico’s largest retailers. When the company builds its order processing plant in Mexico City, it will be able to expand its service to small and medium-sized businesses, officials said.

International customs broker expands near US-Mexico border

AMFCO Logistics, an international customs broker, has announced that it will expand its operations to Brownsville, Texas.

The company announced that it will build a 30,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility in the North Brownsville industrial park. AMFCO could invest around $ 1 million and employ up to eight people at the facility, according to Greater Brownsville Incentives Corp. (GBIC).

“[AMFCO] currently operates in two different locations; their move to the North Brownsville Industrial Park will allow the company to become more efficient through the consolidation and possible expansion of their operations to this strategic location, located close to the Port of Brownsville ”, Helen Ramirez, CEO and executive director of GBIC, said in a statement.

The Port of Brownsville is a deep-water seaport located along the US-Mexico border and a major trade route between the two countries.

“We believe this project will be instrumental in our growth as a business,” Luis Rodriguez, owner of MMLC Holdings, said in a statement. MMLC Holdings is the parent company of AMFCO Logistics.

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