Cross border customs

KCS Despacho Previo

Despacho Previo, which translates to “pre-cleared” border crossings to eliminate border congestion by allowing for the interchange of run-through trains vs. individual cars ultimately expediting southbound shipments. This process provides notifications and visibility to the Freight Forwarders and Mexican brokers on cars moving towards the border for on time clearance.

The Despacho Previo process also fulfills the Mexico Customs requirement that all proper paperwork has been filed, and presented/processed/delivered to Mexican Customs in advance of border crossing.

Via an online tool soon to be launched, KCS will be able to provide information such as clearance deadline dates and document delay balances as well as provide an online payment feature via BMO Harris Bank to expedite the payment for any document delay balance that may be due.

Here is a quick preview of the Despacho Previo Southbound process below:




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