In 2001 after receiving her U.S. Customs Broker license, Denise Tijerina started her company, TQ Customs Brokerage in her hometown of Laredo, Texas. Her father, who had dedicated his career as a government employee in U.S. Customs Service, inspired and mentored her. Denise’s company provides Customs clearance for commercial shipments that are imported into the U.S., handling the import requirements and all formalities. As an entity licensed by the U.S. government and contracted by importers and exporters, the company ensures, for their clients, regulatory compliance with CBP and other agencies when applicable, like FDA and USDA. The company’s core focus is processing cross-border importations along the Southern U.S.-Mexico border, handling a wide array of commodities, such as apparel, automotive parts, furniture, machinery, fruits and vegetables as well as manufactured food items.
In addition, Denise’s company provides international trade consulting services and importing guidance with respect to U.S. Customs matters. Denise Tijerina is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently involved in her local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as in NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2018 she completed an executive business program with Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. More recently through a qualification and selection process she completed a scaling program for Latino entrepreneurs with Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently has 20 years of experience in U.S. Customs Brokerage, with a focus on international trade between U.S. and Mexico. Her company holds the distinction of being both a 100% owned certified Minority and Woman Owned Business.