Comprehensive Freight Shipping To and From Mexico

Planning, resources, and experience make all the difference when shipping freight to or from Mexico. Estes has been doing it for decades. That’s why you can count on our international expertise, resources, contacts, and bilingual team to deliver results.

As your total North American shipping solution, Estes can provide any combination of pickup, line-haul, and delivery to virtually anywhere in Mexico. We offer a range of services, including LTL, Time Critical, Volume and Truckload, and Custom. And our consolidation and distribution network helps to lower costs, shorten transit times, minimize handling, and reduce customs-clearing fees.

Cross-Border Shipping with Estes

International shipments to and from Mexico require some planning and paperwork, but we’ve got you covered.

  • Customs broker: You’ll need a customs broker to get your freight across the border; generally, the consignee chooses the broker. Be sure to include the broker’s name and contact information on the Bill of Lading (BOL). While we don’t recommend one broker over another, we can provide you with a list of brokers if you don’t already have one. Call us at 1-866- ESTES4U (378-3748), and press 415.
  • Southbound freight travels through our U.S. network to the U.S./Mexico border, where the Mexico broker’s U.S. agent coordinates the crossing with the Mexico Customs broker. Once freight is cleared by customs, a drayage carrier delivers the shipment to our designated carrier in Mexico. They deliver the freight to the ultimate consignee.
  • Northbound freight is coordinated by Mexico specialists on our Customer Care team. Shipments are routed through our Mexico network to the U.S. border and delivered to the Mexico Customs broker/U.S. agent to arrange the border crossing. The Mexico broker arranges drayage to move the shipment across the border and deliver it to a nearby Estes terminal or to a freight forwarder chosen by the exporter. The freight is then routed through the Estes network for delivery to the consignee.

Bilingual Assistance

As an Estes customer, you’ll have access to a Spanish-speaking team to help you conquer any language barriers with your receivers. Contact our bilingual experts at 1-866-ESTES4U (378-3748) and press 7. Bilingual team members are also available at each border terminal.

Call us to get rates for shipping freight internationally, to and from Mexico.

Southbound rates to Mexico:

  • Call your local terminal
  • Call 1-866-ESTES4U (378-3748) and press 413

Northbound rates from Mexico:

  • Call 1-866-ESTES4U (378-3748) and press 413

We’re available on both sides of the border to help get you started, and we have experienced, dedicated border personnel and bilingual experts to facilitate your border clearance.

  • A border-crossing fee is added at the time of the rate request.
  • Broker fees, drayage fees and duties are all payable by the importer/consignee directly to the broker. Terms of sale between the seller and buyer will ultimately determine who is responsible for broker and broker-related charges.
  • Beyond charges apply to some more remote destinations. For points that require special arrangements, call 1-866-ESTES4U (378-3748) and press 432.

Time Critical Guaranteed
Time Critical offers guaranteed on-time pickup, on-time delivery, damage-free shipments, accurate invoices, and, if required, scheduled delivery or pickups. We also offer expedited shipping from the U.S. to all points in Mexico, as well as air service. Get Time Critical Guaranteed freight quotes by:

Truckload Service
We handle virtually any kind of cargo (see exceptions) including full, flat-rack and flatbed loads. Get a quote by:

We do not offer hazmat shipping between the U.S. and Mexico.

For cross-border Mexico freight, you 'll need:

Southbound Northbound
Electronic Export Information (EEI), usually filed by the U.S. agent of the Mexico Customs broker Commercial Invoice
Mexico Bill of Lading (BOL) Packing slip
Certificate of Origin (CTO) or USMCA CTO Pedimento (filed by Mexico Customs broker)
Commercial Invoice Certificate of Origin (CTO) or USMCA CTO
Packing slip Bill of Lading

To get the necessary forms for Mexico shipping, visit our Forms Library.

You'll have visibility on your Mexican freight shipments from origin to destination. Track on our Shipment Tracker (no login required), through My Estes, or call 1-866-ESTES4U (378-3748) and press 414 (or press 2 for Time Critical Guaranteed shipments).