In this week’s edition of Borderlands, the focus is on advancements in global supply chain security compliance and notable developments in cross-border logistics and trade.
Zerio, a cloud-based compliance platform, is spearheading efforts to modernize global supply chain security compliance. Founded in 2019, Zerio offers manufacturers, importers, exporters, and carriers a comprehensive solution for implementing and managing international supply chain security programs. By leveraging cloud-based software, Zerio streamlines compliance, evidence collection, risk management, and audits. Notably, Zerio’s platform caters to various cross-border freight certifications, including Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in the U.S., Partners in Protection (PIP) in Canada, and the Authorized Economic Operator (OEA) program in Mexico. With real-time visibility and integrated tools, Zerio aims to enhance efficiency and transparency in supply chain security compliance.
Port Houston recently announced the arrival of a new line, Gulf Toucan, at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. The Gulf Toucan service connects the east coast of South America to the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S., offering transit times from Houston to South America’s east coast, Central America, the Caribbean, and west coast South America. With eight vessels and a capacity of 2,800 twenty-foot equivalent units each, this service signifies Port Houston’s commitment to expanding its Latin American network and providing efficient shipping solutions to customers.
A leading supplier of plastic injection-molded components for automotive, electronics, and commercial trucking industries, is expanding its logistics operation in Texas. The Detroit-based company recently leased over 260,000 square feet at the GTX Logistics Park in Georgetown, Texas. This expansion underscores the company’s dedication to enhancing its manufacturing and distribution capabilities in the region. With a strategic location in proximity to Austin, the company aims to serve customers efficiently while meeting the growing demand for auto parts, including those for major automotive manufacturers.
A Korean-based EV parts manufacturer, has inaugurated a new automotive parts factory in Durango, Mexico. With a focus on producing EV relays and battery disconnect units, the facility aims to serve as a strategic base for supplying electric vehicle components to automakers in North America. The company anticipates significant growth and aims to achieve substantial sales at the facility by 2030. This expansion highlights the company’s commitment to supporting the automotive industry’s shift towards electric mobility and underscores the growing importance of Mexico as a manufacturing hub for EV components.
These developments in supply chain security, logistics, and manufacturing underscore the ongoing efforts to innovate and optimize global supply chains for greater efficiency and resilience.