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Ryder execs share top automotive logistics trends at Mexico conference

MIAMI, Fla.–The growth of nearshoring, challenges related to U.S. Customs compliance, and border trade imbalances were just a few of the significant topics addressed by Ryder executives at the recent Automotive Logistics Mexico Conference sponsored by Ryder System, Inc.

Ryder said it has served the automotive industry for over 40 years and is the largest automotive lead logistics provider supporting OEM and Tier 1 assembly plants in North America, conducting business with the top three automotive companies in the United States.

The Automotive Logistics Mexico Conference sessions explored various topics such as automotive logistics, cross-border flow practices, world class logistics services, and designing a multimodal supply chain in Mexico. Key topics centered around visibility and having a flexible distribution network in Mexico. Darcee Scavone, Ryder Vice President and General Manager for the Automotive, Aerospace, and Industrial supply chain groups, discussed the true meaning and benefits behind a world class logistics operations. “As the growing automotive manufacturing sector within Mexico increases there is a need for even greater supply chain visibility, and flexible distribution networks to accommodate these new set of needs,” commented Scavone. “World class logistics requires planning and flexibility to meet new demands in the supply chain. It requires visibility, constant mining, and analyzing of data to identify the most efficient and cost effective way to move products.”

During the conference Session 5: “Cross-border flows,” Daniel Hearn, Ryder Director of International Customer Logistics, addressed challenges related to U.S. Customs security and compliance at the border. “With U.S.-Mexico trade increasing, and the nearshoring trend gaining momentum, Mexico is becoming a key strategic market in global supply chains,” he said. “Everybody is looking at the opportunity being created by Mexico’s various free trade agreements with over 45 different countries but some of the biggest challenges that logistics executives are facing today at the U.S.-Mexico border are customs delays, equipment imbalances, higher costs, and security,” he said.

Adjusting transportation networks to flow efficiently amongst current trade imbalances at the border was another of the best practices discussed in the context of overcoming current northbound and southbound traffic flow imbalances at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The Automotive Logistics Mexico Conference provided Ryder with countless opportunities to network and collaborate with senior executives across the industry,” said Gene Sevilla, Vice President of Ryder International Supply Chain Solutions. “We take great pride to be a part of such a beneficial conference year after year in Mexico.”

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