Author Archive for Troy Ryley

How the Mexican Peso Is Impacting Cross-Border Transportation

The devaluation of the Mexican peso over the past two years has been rather extreme. Two years ago, one U.S. dollar was worth about 13.5 pesos, and today it’s worth about 18. As a result of this severe drop in value, U.S. goods have become very expensive for Mexicans, and Mexican goods have become cheap for Americans. In fact, many markets across the globe have become cheaper as the dollar has gotten stronger – making […]

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20 Years of NAFTA: Opening the Door for Free Trade

When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented in 1994, it removed trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada, and encouraged economic activity among the partnering countries. NAFTA created the world’s largest free trade area, and trade between the partners soared after the agreement came into effect. NAFTA now links 450 million people producing $17 trillion worth of goods and services,1 and U.S. commerce with Canada and Mexico has risen to […]

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Guest Commentary: From Offshoring to Nearshoring: Understanding the Shifting Sourcing Dynamic

While Asia remains the Mecca for low-priced goods, many companies are discovering the hidden costs and risks associated with offshore manufacturing. Volatile shipping rates and capacity, uncertain forecasts, limited alternatives and overall speed-to-market needs have businesses looking for viable alternatives. Many are turning no further than our neighbor to the south – Mexico. Rising Costs, Sinking Capacity The Asian shipping market was hit hard in late 2008 and 2009 as the recession bore down on […]

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