Trade news Quarterly May 2022

Pharr office personnel update – Antonio Rivera Pharr Manager and 13 year veteran at Parker & Company, has made a career move to manage a compliance department for DB Schenker International Forwarders for their East Coast office. Antonio will be mostly working from his home in Brownsville. Antonio will begin his new assignment on May 31st. He will be available for Parker to follow up on any unfinished projects.

Leonard F. Parker will now lead the Pharr office with Assistant manager Eddie Cantu. Leonard is a licensed customs broker and recently completed a year and half project with the Laredo office. Leonard is a graduate of Texas A&M, has past experience with trucking and transportation, and supply chain software company. He will reside in McAllen. His contacts are email, his cell phone is 956-459-2967. He and Antonio will be contacting customers this week.

Frank Parker contacts are or cell 956-455-8968

Software updates:

Warehouse system – We are in phase 1 of training and integrating new state of the art software in all 7 Parker warehouses. The Camelot software will allow customer online access, use barcode reading technology (Wi-Fi has been installed in all warehouses), cloud based system, rack and location put away and retrieval technology. We should have all customers switched over by the end of August.

Customs and logistic system – Parker’s current customs software provider has merged with TSI
The software will allow Parker to Internally automate customers pdf invoices, allow enhanced edi features, be cloud based, and allow for Paper less storage of customers files. Customers will be able to access the system for reports and to view their account status and files. Implementation will begin in August.

CTPAT news and bulletins –

Parker recently completed a 4 year CTPAT audit and review and was recertified for another 4 years. Thanks to Abel Medina head of compliance and Patricia Chapa for undergoing the Teams audit with Customs to review our procedures.

Parker & Company encourages all customers, transport companies and warehouses our customers and transport partners to use the seven-point inspection process for empty containers prior to the loading the cargo, as well as the seventeen-point inspection process for all trailers/tractors, and that this should be followed. Here is a link to the page that has both procedures to be down loaded. The procedures are found in the CTPAT resources library at:

Trailer and container security; all customers and transport companies are reminded: all loaded U.S.-bound containers and trailers must have an ISO 17712 high-security seal affixed.

Compromised seals: Parker and Company encourages all customers and business partners to report to CBP or appropriate foreign authority compromised seals.

USMCA – Parker & Company has developed a preformatted USMCA for with an instruction Sheet Please go to our website to download or contact Parker and Company brokers are also available for consulting on eligibility of NAFTA products that are now subject to USMCA.

Warehousing – Shippers / Receivers and Warehouses can assist keep transportation costs down by reviewing their loading and unloading procedures so that trucks are spending maximum of their time on the road and not waiting at docks.

Overages and shortages the importer/exporter is obligated to notify CBP and/or any other appropriate law enforcement agency of any errors and/or shortages and overages of merchandise that create a security risk in the supply chain

Container Drayage – Parker & Company is constantly moving containers from port of Houston to Brownsville, McAllen/Pharr, and Laredo areas contact Tania Longoria or call 956-831-2000, for a competitive quote with Parker trucks and outsourced partner drayage companies.

Foot notes – Articles in this newsletter are taken from variety of sources. Including Journal of Commerce, Sandler and Travis newsletter, and NCBFAA briefings. Other articles are personally written by the newsletter publisher Frank Parker. Depending on importance of the topic some articles may run for more than one issue of the newsletter. The publisher has taken all reasonable steps to verify the accuracy of the content of this site. However, Parker & Company shall not be responsible for errors or omissions. Any advice in this newsletter is general and we recommend you contact Parker & Company licensed brokers or your customs council with specifics on your import or export transactions.