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Intermodal Cross-Border Process Automation - June 2019

June 25, 2019

Throughout the course of the last several months, we have communicated that Rail Manifest through VUCEM at the international bridge in Laredo/Nuevo Laredo was scheduled and ultimately launched on June 17th. 

In our communications leading up to this event, we mentioned several steps for our customers and their Mexican Customs Brokers to take to avoid any unnecessary delays.  

Rail Manifest officially launched last Monday and we would like to thank all of you for your preparation as there have been very few delays as a result. However, to ensure we continue to streamline our cross-border efforts, we would like to remind you of a change we originally communicated in 2016 where compliance is now critical.  

Effective immediately, for all cross-border intermodal shipments out of Mexico to the US and/or Canada, the SAT (Mexico Customs) is requiring both the origin bond location and the bond type as mandatory fields on the customs manifest. In order for KCSM to be in compliance, the bond indicator and origin port code, found in SAT’s Schedule O, must be included on the shipper’s bill of lading.  

There are two ways to ensure your waybills are accurately completed:  

For MyKCS users: MyKCS has offered this since introduced in 2016 and you are able to complete the waybill with these additional fields today via MyKCS.  

For EDI users: For EDI users who have yet to make this change, you will need to do so immediately. For instructions regarding the EDI changes, please contact our EDI Support Team. 

Please note that failure to comply could result in costly delays at the border. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Customer Solutions Centers US/KCSR or Mexico/KCSM or our EDI Support Team

Thank you for being a loyal intermodal customer.