Creator of unforgettable
comics during the 1970s,
Robert Crumb (who once turned
down a $100,000 offer from
Toyota to license his art
to brand its trucks) created
this iconic masterpiece
in 1968; it has been widely
copied on T-Shirts and elsewhere,
Story of Robert and his
work is on the video “Crumb”.
case you were keeping score, it
has been just about one year since
the first commercial truck from
Apocada, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, travelled
across The World Trade Bridge
from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas,
Mexico into Laredo, Texas, on
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. The trip
herald the first time a Mexican
tractor-trailer freely crossed
the border on its way into the
USA interior under the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
free trade prevails almost everywhere
in the hemisphere, with only Argentina
and Brazil (forgetting Venezuela
and Hugo Chavez) without a USA
agreement. Argentina cannot forget
the economic collapse it suffered
after attaching its currency 1-to-1
with the U.S. dollar in the late
1990s, and Brazil loves its independence
and, of course, being Brazil.
one year after that lone truck
began a new era, word has come
of a new threat with several recently
recorded incidents of trucker’s
cargo being hijacked.
hijackings in Mexico are really
nothing new, but with NAFTA-driven
traffic ramping up, the spike
in incidents has shippers sitting
up and taking notice.
to a report in The Arizona
know what they want, which trucks
are carrying it, and how to sell
stolen products on the black market.
a result, some companies that
carry valuable merchandise—such
as computers and electronics—have
gone so far as to use armed guards
to escort their loads through
areas known to be particularly
precarious,” the Star reported.
news revives memories of the early
days, post-Cold War, when Russian
roads between Helsinki, Moscow,
and other overland truck routes
to certain former Eastern Block
destinations saw armed guarded
convoys with GPS tracking every
step of the way.
in Mexico, cargo security also
deals with major gangs that are
brazen enough to come at commerce
via road-blocked, armed hijackings.
the Mexican newspaper Reforma
reported a 72 percent uptick in
theft against cargo carriers in
the central state of Aguascalientes
in the first half of 2012.
is a lot at stake.
example, automobile manufacturing
in Mexico is experiencing double-digit
growth (in fact it was up 13 percent
in 2011 to 2.55 million vehicles),
driven in no small part by easing
access between countries.
is the world’s eighth largest
manufacturer of cars in 2012,
surpassing Spain and on track
to overtake France and Canada.
solid voice for transportation
and the growing importance of
Mexico is Eric Hartmann, VP South
America & Europe at Aeromexico.
is very well situated between
North, Central, and South America,
a perfect hub for cargoes to and
from the Mid West and West Coast.
Aeromexico Cargo Security is our
first priority and we follow our
local Mexican Authority Regulations
as well as TSA and other regulating
entities everywhere we fly.
are constantly investing in training,
IT, equipment, and facilities
to support our efforts.
year (2012) we opened a new domestic
cargo facility at Mexico City
International Airport and we are
screening 100 percent of the cargoes
are also renovating our International
warehouses in order to better
meet the demands of our customers.
investment continues to pour into
Mexico, investment that for sure
will push continued growth between
Mexico and the region.
Aeromexico Cargo we are constantly
striving to offer world class
service from a world class country
that is positioned to better its
image and help the economy of
the region get back in the right
transport continues to be the
safest, most secure form of transport
between Mexico and the United
States,” Eric Hartmann declared.
recently returned from Mexico
City, where the Border Trade Alliance
(BTA) presented a conference titled
‘Trade and Security,’”
said Nelson Balido, (left) President
was the elephant in the room throughout
the conference, and its effect
on Mexico's ability to be viewed
as a safe place for investment
cannot be dismissed.
newly elected Mexican Congressman
Carlos Angulo Parra of Ciudad
Juárez made clear in his
presentation, there are organized
crime factions that are still
very much battling for control
of drug trafficking routes.
are not, however, systematically
targeting the maquiladoras of
foreign firms,” Baldido
Balido points to former State
of Mexico Governor Enrique Peña
Nieto, (right) who will be sworn
in as Mexico's new President next
month on December 1.
far, the President-elect has made
all the right moves, surrounding
himself with a top notch transition
team and sending a message to
those in the U.S.—that Mexico
is open for business.
been able to get to know some
members of Team Peña Nieto,
been struck by their desire to
increase Mexico competitiveness
in the world economy, attract
investment and grow jobs.”
the new administration in Mexico
is able to stem the tide of lawlessness
that has eluded others to this
point is yet to be determined.
NAFTA has driven ease of trade
and borders are open, with air
cargo ready, willing, and able
to provide an attractive and safe
alternative over some of the more
troubled Mexican roadways.