Texa Border Business
By Roberto Hugo González
In a globalized world, collaboration is no longer just a luxury—it’s a necessity. And the recent participation of Joaquin Spamer president and founder of Commodities Integrated Logistics (CIL) and the President of Border Trade Alliance Mexico (BTA) in the 17th Annual China (Shenzhen) International Logistics & Supply Chain Fair stands as a proof to this reality.
Spamer stated, “As the United States solidifies its position as the world’s foremost economic powerhouse, it’s imperative to explore every opportunity to leverage its immense buying power.” He continues, “At the wheel of this exploration lies the Rio Grande Valley (RGV)—often heralded as America’s last frontier of economic expansion.” It is known that the strategic location of the Rio Grande Valley, adjacent to Mexico, offers a distinct advantage for businesses seeking to thrive.
The motivated effort of CIL and BTA to highlight RGV’s industrial ability was not without reason. Home to dynamic cities like McAllen, Pharr, Edinburg, Weslaco, Brownsville, and Harlingen, the RGV is an economic giant in the making.
The introduction of ventures like the McAllen Nearshoring Campus further underscores the significance of the region. Nearshoring—relocating business processes to countries that share a border with the company’s country of operation—provides an opportunity for businesses to optimize operations without compromising on quality. With the McAllen Nearshoring Campus, RGV is strategically positioned to become a magnet for enterprises looking for operational excellence.
Spamer’s reflection on McAllen being the first city from the RGV to attend the China International Logistics and Supply Chain Fair is insightful. Now, it returns for second time stronger with the participation of the leading cities of the Rio Grande Valley.
It tells the story on how the RGV is not just limited to American interests but is establishing itself as a global player. The emphasis on the multiple international bridges of RGV points towards its fundamental role in facilitating global trade.
Spamer told Texas Border Business that being a binational business means transcending borders and being the glue that binds communities together. As Spamer puts it, this journey is all about contributing to the growth of the South Texas community and ensuring that the RGV remains a hub of opportunities.
Asia’s dominance in the logistics and supply chain space is undisputed, with China leading the charge. The Shenzhen Fair is evidence to China’s vast logistics network and its commitment to global trade.
The China (Shenzhen) International Logistics & Supply Chain Fair reported that a 30% increase in exhibition area, over 2,000 companies from nearly 40 countries, and the convergence of 200,000 professionals attended. These staggering numbers emphasize the sheer magnitude of the fair. Additionally, the emphasis on digitalization, sustainability, and the reconstruction of global supply chains indicates the fair’s forward-looking agenda.
The collaboration between the Rio Grande Valley and international partners like China is not just about business—it’s about forging relationships that will dictate the future course of global trade. Spamer pointed out that as the RGV continues to harness its potential, the world watches with great expectation, eager to witness the transformation of America’s economic last frontier into a global economic powerhouse.