UTi Worldwide Launches New Cross Border Service to Support Growing U.S. - Mexico Trade

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., May 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UTi Worldwide (Nasdaq:UTIW), a leading global logistics provider, has launched a new U.S. - Mexico "Cross Border Service" to simplify and speed trade across the U.S. and Mexico borders.

"The new border service and its combined infrastructure are designed to assist companies in leveraging lower cost manufacturing and better 'near shore' options," said Jeff Hammond, Global Vice President, Trade Services and Compliance, UTi Worldwide.

"The service consists of two major U.S. distribution facilities in Texas, seven Mexico facilities, and combines transportation services and freight forwarding with brokerage services to provide a seamless flow of goods southbound and a faster northbound clearance process from Mexico," continued Hammond.

Specifically, UTi has multi-client distribution facilities in McAllen and Laredo, Texas, while in Mexico it offers clients seven 3PL solution facilities in: Chihuahua, Guadalajara, El Paso, Reynosa, Monterrey, Matamoros, and Toluca. 

"As cross border trade continues to grow, we recognize a faster and more efficient cross border surface transport service is required to handle the growing trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico," said Hammond in announcing the service. "As manufacturers look for closer, more sustainable locations to produce goods, UTi's seamless service manages brokerage at both borders while providing better visibility, control, and monitoring throughout the process." 

The suite of cross border services includes HTS verification, Previo (physical verification) Mexico in-house brokerage, pedimento (Mexico customs brokerage documentation), cross dock, transportation, full truck load, less than truck load, consolidation, "hot shots," and specialized trade, as well as a range of global UTi services, including air, ocean, and road freight forwarding. The service also uses UTi's single source of contact service and has complete 24/7 tracking visibility through eMpower, UTi's automated tracking and tracing system, and uWarehouse, UTi's warehouse management system. UTi's global visibility tool is integrated, centralized and real-time.

About UTi Worldwide:

UTi Worldwide Inc. is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage and other supply chain management services.  The company serves a large and diverse base of global and local companies, including clients operating in industries with unique supply chain requirements such as the pharmaceutical, retail, apparel, chemical, automotive and technology industries.  The company seeks to use its global network, proprietary information technology systems, relationships with transportation providers, and expertise in outsourced logistics services to deliver competitive advantage to each of its clients' supply chains. For more information, please go to www.go2uti.com.

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