Borderlands: Cyber ​​attack disrupts Mexico’s transportation system

Borderlands is a weekly review of developments in the world of cross-border transportation and trade between the US and Mexico. This week: A cyberattack disrupts Mexico’s transportation systems; Heniff Transportation acquires Texas tanker; Bendix expands production in Mexico and CBP seizes $24 million worth of drugs at a California port of entry.

Cyber ​​attack disrupts Mexico’s transportation systems

Mexico’s Ministry of Transport has suspended issuing new permits, license plates and driver’s licenses to commercial truck operators until December 31 because of a cyberattack in late October, causing possible delays for transport companies.

This was announced by the Secretariat for Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) on Tuesday in the federal government’s official journal. SICT tweeted that on October 24 its servers were hacked, stating that “the Cyber ​​Incident Management and Contingency Plan has been activated and the investigation is ongoing”.

SICT did not disclose what information or data it was targeting, but said “the malicious software attack did not damage the agency’s systems or compromise citizens’ personal information,” according to a press release. “One of those preventative measures to curb the spread of malware was temporarily suspending systems to avoid impacting their services, serious breaches, and even possible information theft.”

Mexico’s trucking industry officials said SICT’s decision to delay issuing new permits and licenses could hurt the country’s domestic supply chain as well as cross-border trade with the United States.

“For cross-border transport services, the American authority has the power to request the driver’s license – without the registration of the procedure and having the current document, requires a large number of drivers and trucks, which would lose all opportunities to operate,” according to a press release from Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR).

According to CANACAR, freight transportation is the primary mode of transportation for goods and commodities throughout Mexico.

“It contributes 3.3% of the national gross domestic product, 81% of domestic cargo, and provides direct and indirect jobs for more than 6 million people,” CANACAR said. “It [also] moves 84% ​​of trade between Mexico and the US”

Heniff Transportation acquires Texas tankers

Heniff Transportation Systems recently announced that it has acquired the holding company of road tanker operator Coal City Cob Co. Inc.

Based in Waxahachie, Texas, Coal City Cob provides bulk liquid transportation services to the chemical and hazardous waste industries. The company operates 302 trucks with over 230 drivers and 500 trailers. Coal City Cob has terminals in Dallas, Chicago, Cincinnati and Geismar, Louisiana.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, the Heniff family of companies provides bulk liquid transportation services. They operate 2,000 tractors and 5,000 trailers through a network of more than 100 locations across the country.

Bendix expands production in Mexico

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has begun construction of a 185,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at its Acuna, Mexico facility, according to a press release.

The facility will use automated manufacturing processes to produce globally scalable brake controls and globally scalable air treatments. Bendix manufactures auto parts used in commercial vehicles.

The new factory is scheduled for completion in 2023 and will create 200 jobs. The new facility will connect three Bendix manufacturing facilities and a logistics center on the company’s Acuña campus, which will manufacture everything from anti-lock braking systems, air dryers, compressors, valves and actuators to integrated vehicle modules.

Bendix is ​​based in Avon, Ohio. The company’s customers include Freightliner, Kenworth and other heavy-duty truck manufacturers.

CBP seizes $24 million worth of drugs at California port of entry

US Customs and Border Protection officials recently intercepted over 2.2 tons of narcotics in two days from the Otay Mesa port of entry south of San Diego.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 20 when CBP officers inspected a shipment of spring onions from Mexico. Officers reportedly discovered 1,529 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the cargo. The narcotics are worth an estimated $3.3 million.

Two days later, CBP officers were inspecting a shipment of electronic goods arriving from Mexico when they reportedly found 1,993 pounds of methamphetamine and 1,037 pounds of cocaine valued at an estimated $20.8 million.

The estimated street value for both seizures totals $24.2 million. The cases were turned over to Homeland Security.

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