Logistics determine the course when business transactions involving goods are to be concluded between two distant continents. An onsite visit to Transmaritim International GmbH at the Air Cargo Center in Stuttgart provided 23 executives from Mexico with numerous new insights into this field.
Founded as a two-person enterprise in Stuttgart in 1987, Transmaritim International GmbH has become a considerable international success story. Today the owner-managed business is a medium-sized haulage firm with an international network and is the point of contact regarding sea and airfreight transport, with locations in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt on Main. “Having the support of a reliable logistic partner is very important to us”, says MP participant Lorena Patricia Ortiz, who sells avocados.
The MP participants were welcomed by Managing Director Michael Schweizer and his team. The Mexican entrepreneurs were impressed by the modern warehouse, the implementation of Logistics 4.0 and the efficiency of the cost calculation. “Transmaritim is a very interesting enterprise for me. As I also provide logistic services in Mexico, I can imagine working with them”, said entrepreneur Jorge Valencia.
In addition, the participants gained insights into the global business processes involved in a logistic business with an international network of agents in 40 countries. “The network ensures that your goods are in trustworthy hands. We are a member of the HTFN group and deliberately work with similar-sized enterprises with similar structures in the countries of destination, which enables us to also provide our reliable service there. Hence, the infrastructure and our global network determine the success of our logistic services, of which we are particularly proud”, Managing Director Schweizer emphasised.
The conversations between the Mexican guests and Transmaritim employees covered topics such as EU customs provisions, transport routes, import procedures and import tax, but also the Incoterms for transactions between Germany and Mexico. “We need an EORI number for importing into the EU. Through the import of goods to Germany, we gain access to the EU Single Market. No customs duty or taxes are incurred, which makes a lot of things easier”, says entrepreneur Valencia.
Finally, the responsible colleague from the Hamburg location and the Mexican partner from the firm Macargo discussed specific logistic solutions and questions concerning the delivery of food products such as coffee, mezcal, papayas, melons and avocados with the MP participants. “I am surprised to learn that you have to pay more import tax for roasted coffee beans than for raw beans”, said Alondra Navarro. “As the owner of a small enterprise, I will have to adapt my export strategy. Small businesses like ours need to know more about accessing markets abroad. Meetings with German businesses are therefore a great advantage”, the Mexican manager added.
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