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What Documents are Required for Shipping Freight Across the U.S./Mexico Border?

Whether you are shipping freight from the U.S. to Mexico or vice versa, certain documents are required prior to shipments’ arrival at the border. Knowing which documents are required and the dos and don’ts of filling them out help avoid delays at the border and missed delivery times.

Northbound – from Mexico to the U.S.

Documentation requirements and the process for shipments heading northbound to the U.S. from Mexico:

  • Shipper provides Bill of Lading (BOL), Packing List, and NAFTA Certificate of Origin (if applicable) to YRC Freight and Mexican customs broker.
  • Mexican broker creates a Pedimento and shares it with U.S. customs broker.
  • U.S. broker creates an entry with U.S. Customs for import.
  • Mexican broker uses U.S. entry and Pedimento to file a “Salida” with Mexican Customs.

Download the documents required to ship freight from Mexico to the U.S.
Also, available in Spanish.


Southbound – from the U.S. to Mexico

Documentation requirements and the process for shipments heading southbound to Mexico from the U.S.:

  • Shipper provides BOL, Packing List, Commercial Invoice, and NAFTA Certificate of Origin (if applicable) to YRC Freight and the U.S. Customs broker.
  • Shipper or U.S. broker completes an Automated Export System (AES) filing.
  • U.S. customs broker shares documents with Mexican customs broker, who completes an Import Pedimento.

Download the documents required to ship freight from the U.S. to Mexico.
Also, available in Spanish.


Cross-border shipping documents dos and don’ts

DO

Fill out BOL, Packing List, and Commercial Invoice.
Provide those documents to the carrier and broker.
Include both brokers’ names and addresses on BOL for the carrier.

DON’T

Forget to include broker and freight forwarder information on the BOL so that shipments are routed to the right crossing and can clear quickly and efficiently.
Provide the BOL without the customs documents because Border Ambassadors must have this information to work with brokers and forwarders.


Find answers to frequently asked questions about cross-border shipping.

Talking to a YRC Freight expert takes the mystery out of the documents necessary for cross-border shipping between the U.S. and Mexico

If your shipments run northbound, southbound or both between the U.S. and Mexico, YRC Freight’s Border Benefit includes faster crossings with fewer hassles. Between Border Ambassadors who track your freight end-to-end and work with brokers for quick, efficient crossings, real-time tracking, and single invoice convenience, you can count on YRC Freight for smooth cross-border shipping. After all, with a little help from our partners, we’ve been moving freight across the border for 30 years.


Talk to a YRC Freight expert for U.S./Mexico cross-border shipping.

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