T.I.B. (Temporary –Only goods may not stay in the U.S.– Excellent for Prototypes.)
Warehouse (Bonded Area) Goods can stay in bond up to 5 years – Really only beneficial for high duty items, or goods which will be re-exported. Different than a Free Trade Zone
For the Imports the Automotive Industry, most entries are consumption for ultimate distribution domestically. If you re-export, and there is a duty associated with your product, consider the Foreign Trade Zone.
Transportation Is But One STEP in Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Definitions Supply Chain Management (SCM) as defined by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP): “Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. It includes all of the logistics management activities noted above, as well as manufacturing operations, and it drives coordination of processes and activities with and across marketing, sales, product design, finance and information technology.”
Supply Chain Definitions - 2 Third Party Logistics Provider: A firm which provides multiple logistics services for use by customers. Preferably, these services are integrated, or "bundled" together by the provider. These firms facilitate the movement of parts and materials from suppliers to manufacturers, and finished products from manufacturers to distributors and retailers. Among the services which they provide are transportation, warehousing, cross-docking, inventory management, packaging, and freight forwarding. Third-Party Logistics (3PL): Outsourcing all or much of a company’s logistics operations to a specialized company.