For many years,
Mexican carriers have transported cargo from Mexico into U.S. municipalities
and commercial zones adjacent to the border (border zones) where their
loads are transferred to a warehouse or U.S. carrier for transport to
a final destination. However, recent changes to U.S. regulations and
policies will permit Mexican carriers to deliver (and back-haul) international
shipments into the U.S. and beyond the border zones. The new rules also
affect Mexican carriers that want to continue operating only in the
Requirements. Mexican carriers that want to operate in the U.S.
must register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
There are two different registration forms, one for carriers that want
to operate only in commercial zones (Form OP-2) and a separate form
for carriers that want to operate beyond the commercial zones (Form
Use the following
forms and instructions if you want to receive a Certificate of Registration
to operate only in the border zones. Please note, that existing
commercial zone carriers must file Form OP-2, even if they previously
received a Certificate of Registration. FMCSA will evaluate current
certificate holders who re-file under the new rules to determine if
they meet U.S. Safety standards and should be permitted to continue
operation in the border zones. Also note that you must also submit a
Form BOC-3 (Designation of Agents, Brokers and Freight Forwarders) to
receive a Certificate of Registration.
Use the following
form and instructions if you want to operate in the U.S. beyond the
These rules apply to Mexican motor carrier beyond the border zones.
from Mexico must have the Mexican equivalent of a U.S. commercial
driver's license. This is a Licencia Federal, which is a Mexican driver's
license issued by the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
meet U.S. medical criteria. See FMCSA
Drivers are subject
to U.S. drug and alcohol requirements. See FMCSA
follow U.S. hours of service rules to ensure that they have sufficient
rest to drive safely, and they must maintain logs to prove it to safety
inspectors. See: FMCSA
Regulations and Other Rules. The following is a summary of rules
related to vehicle safety. These rules apply to operation of Mexican
motor carriers beyond the border zones.
To receive operating
authority, all Mexico-domiciled carriers must undergo a safety audit
by FMCSA. The purpose of the audits is to ensure that carriers have
methods in place to comply with the safety regulations.
granted authority to operate in the United States beyond the border
zones will receive a formal compliance review within the first 18
months of operation. Carriers that receive and maintain satisfactory
compliance ratings will be awarded permanent operating authority at
the end of the 18-month period of operating under provisional operating
All Mexican trucks
operating in the U.S. will be required to display a valid Commercial
Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection decal. These decals, valid
for 90 days, indicate a vehicle has passed a safety inspection by
a qualified inspector. See CVSA
companies will be required to carry U.S. insurance while operating
in the United States. See Insurance
Hazard Communications Requirements
The USDOT has established packaging and transportation requirements
(49 CFR Parts 100 to 185). These standards include:
For more information, see the USDOT HAZMAT Safety.
Or, call toll-free USDOT regulatory information, at 1-800-467-4922.
- proper waste packing instructions;
- proper marking and labeling instructions;
- proper shipping name, identification number, and
- hazard class for manifest preparation; and
- placarding for transportation of waste.