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U.S.-Mexico Trade and Transportation: Corridors, Logistics Practices, and Multimodal Partnerships

U.S.-Mexico Trade and Transportation: Corridors, Logistics Practices, and Multimodal Partnerships

Project directed by Leigh B. Boske and Robert Harrison

This report is the third in a three-report series. The first, Texas-Mexico Multimodal Transportation (1993), provided a comprehensive view of current transportation infrastructure and services in Texas and Mexico across different modes. The second, Logistics Management and U.S.-Mexico Transportation Systems: A Preliminary Investigation (1994), examined the demand for transport services generated by recent regulatory changes and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

This new report provides a detailed investigation into the ways in which U.S. and Mexican firms are attempting to overcome the difficulties of cross-border transportation and distribution. In great part, this is occurring via partnerships, strategic alliances, and other kinds of business ventures designed to facilitate cross-border transfers of technology, capital, and expertise. Through a case study approach, the study looks at how several firms involved in cross-border transportation and distribution are using these types of cooperative ventures to expand effectively and profitably into the markets opened in Mexico by NAFTA.

The report includes chapters describing U.S.-Mexico bilateral trade and transportation, the evolution of logistics practices and intermodal partnerships in the U.S. and Mexico, and current examples of joint ventures and partnerships between U.S. and Mexican transportation firms to facilitate cross-border trade, encourage intermodalism, and increase the use of logistics management techniques and related technologies. It also provides a detailed look at the technologies currently being used and at the various methods professionals can use, both in the private and public sectors, to forecast how traffic and trade will be distributed among the various modes of transportation.

Policy Research Project Reports Series No. 113
1995 / 8.5" x 11" / 195 pp.
ISBN-10: 0-89940-721-8
Publication Code (PR-113)


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