Hotshot CA (empty) to Tijuana (load up) to CA. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by JSMITH8505, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. JSMITH8505

    JSMITH8505 Bobtail Member

    Jul 29, 2020
    I've read the other threads on the Class 8 semi trucks, most say they dont dare go in to Mexico because of the cartels and corrupt police and fear of losing their truck. But what about hot shot (Ram 3500/50 ft stepdeck)?

    Here's my dilemma, I pick up and deliver loads with a company based in California all over the U.S. They have recently asked me if I'd be available to go to their facility in Tijuana to pick up some cargo on a regular basis.
    The facility is 15 miles (as a crow flies) from the US border, and is about 22 miles via roads.

    What should I do? Request that they bring the cargo to the U.S. border and take it from there? Go in and get it myself? I know the insurance issue, and that's being handled.
    Does anyone have any recent experience going to Tijuana with a pickup/flatbed combo? I think a Class 8 semi with a closed 53 box trailer would be a bigger target, but an unloaded flatbed may not be as tempting?
    Again, does anyone have any recent experience with Tijuana?
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  3. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    Cartel boys waiting for your fancy ram 3500 for offroading :)
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  4. Zonie

    Zonie Light Load Member

    Sep 14, 2019
    Yeah, you're safer with a tractor than a nice shiny new Light Pickup...
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  5. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    S.W. Florida
    Yep no problem there.

    How are you going to inspect what ever your hauling for drugs.

    I know someone from back in the day that was moving weed in machinery for years.

    I am sure there is many more creative ways to move much higher dollar and easier to hide drugs across borders these days.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2020
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    A Gringo in Mexico driving shiny new truck ? Can you say "easy target" ? They will "impound" your veh and you never get it back. I lost a car there, family member lost his truck and boat there, had to bribe cops in T.J. years ago. I NEVER drive into Mexico. Signage and roads terrible, especially in T.J.
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  7. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2010
    Lapeer, MI
    My answer would be not just no, but h##l no!!!!!!!
  8. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Check with your insurance company. They'll
    probably cover you but it's gonna cost.
    I wouldn't take the chance of going down there without coverage.
  9. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    How do you know the cargo isn't packed with drugs? Unless it's clear glass, even then I wouldn't.

    If you do this importing, don't forget about the possibility of your equipment being impounded for no reason. By the Americans or the Mexicans. Unless your insurance has a specific clause to cover your loss. Will losing the service of your equipment for a few days or weeks put you out of business?
    Watch a few episodes of National Geographic's about the border crossing.

    I wouldn't cross the southern border for any reason, commercially.

    Good luck.
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