Although railroads have increased their participation in the transportation sector, they still have low participation in cargo movement in Mexico.
Equipment and Services
A Top Export Prospect for Mexico
2010 Estimated 2011 Estimated 2012
Total Market Size 1,977 2164 2,272
Total Local Production 4,023 4,120 4,320
Total Exports 3,433 3604 3,812
Total Imports 1,120 1260 1,325
Imports from the U.S. 735 806 846
Source: 2010 – July 31 , 2011 import statistics by harmonized system code, provided by Bancomext.
Includes trucks for semi-trailers.
The Mexican transportation sector is facing one of the most important challenges in its
history. The huge increase in Mexican foreign trade, in addition to the increase in traffic of
merchandise arriving at Mexican ports with final destinations to the U.S. and Canada, requires
a quick response from the transportation sector to improve efficiency, cost savings and cargo
Although railroads have increased their participation in the transportation sector, they still
have low participation in cargo movement in Mexico. Figures presented by the Secretaria de
Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretariat of Communications and Transportation) on July 31
2011, indicated that 584 million tons in goods were transported across Mexico with 61 percent
of cargo moved by truck, 12 percent by railroad, and 27 percent through maritime ports.
Currently, Mexico has 74 intermodal terminals operating, including 30 interior multimodal
terminals, 18 railroad terminals, 18 port terminals, and eight private automotive terminals.
The goal of President Calderon’s team is to increase the volume of cargo using railroad
transportation by at least 18-20 percent in 2012, and to build nine new interior cargo
terminals, two new port terminals, one new private automotive terminal, and 10 new
Although most of these projects were severely affected by the economic crisis, now the
gradual economic recovery is allowing the public and private sectors to continue with initial
plans to develop important transportation infrastructure projects. The Federal Government
just announced that from 2007 to 2010, there was an investment of $ 14.4 billion dollars in
road construction and modernization projects, including $ 1.9 billion dollars invested by
Top US ospects Transportat v 2 Export Pr in Mexico 2012: ion Infrastructure Equipment and Ser ices
public-private joint ventures. In 2011, construction started on six roads with a total of 293
In the port sector, several important projects started in 2011, including the expansion of the
Port of Veracruz, that will take about 15-20 years to be completed, and will require
investments of over USD $1.2 billion. This includes the construction of new port facilities in
the Vergara Bay, just next to the current port location. Also in 2011, the Port of Lazaro
Cardenas granted a concession for the construction of a new container terminal; the Port of
Guaymas opened public bids for the construction of a new terminal and facilities to handle
mineral bulks; the Port of Mazatlan began modernization of its multipurpose use terminal;
and a new concessioner start the construction of a second container terminal in the Port of
Manzanillo. Many projects that were on standby during 2009-2010 will be retaken by private
investors, including improving facilities and building new private multimodal terminals and
Some companies are trying to develop new logistics services for pharmaceutical and medical
supply chains that need special conditions for transportation, warehousing and handling. This
niche could represent important opportunities for U.S. companies that are already offering
these services or offer products for this kind of specialized logistics service.
Additionally, most transportation entities are looking for the best technologies to improve
their services, increase customer satisfaction, assure cargo security, and promote an efficient
transportation system that supports Mexico’s competitiveness in a global world economy.
Even with the current economic crisis, these trends have resulted in an important demand for
all kinds of equipment and services that can help increase the efficiency of the transportation
and logistics sector in Mexico.
All these projects and economic trends will gradually result in the recovery of the domestic
production and the importation of equipment for the transportation sector.
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Domestic production comprises low-tech equipment (such as front loaders, non-sophisticated
traffic control systems, open and closed freight cars, and rail track fixtures) and strong
production of trucks and trailers, including international corporations such as Chrysler,
Freightliner, Mercedes Benz, International, and Kenworth, that are producing mainly for
exports. However, all high-capacity cranes, railroad and lifting equipment are imported.
Under NAFTA, most equipment for intermodal transportation manufactured in the U.S. can be
imported duty free.
Top US rospects : 3 Export P in Mexico 2012 Transportation Infrastructure Equipment and Services
Products having the best prospects in this market include: frame, mobile and rotary cranes,
self-propelled cranes on tires, front loaders with a capacity of over 7 tons, mobile platforms,
traffic- control equipment, diesel electric locomotives, railway maintenance service vehicles,
rail and tramway freight cars, automatic unloading wagons, covered and closed cars,
assemblies for railway vehicles, containers, chassis, and trailers.
From January to October 2010, the U.S. supplied 61 percent of the sector’s total imports, a
six percent increase over the 2009 market share of 55 percent of the import market. This
share could be increased if American firms take full advantage of NAFTA conditions and
become more aggressive in the sector. The U.S. Commercial Service can provide information
on new projects and support introduction of products into this market.
• Secretary of Communications and Transportation: www.sct.gob.mx
• National Association of Private Transportation: www.antp.org.mx
• National Cargo Transportation Chamber of Commerce: www.canacar.com.mx
• Expo Carga: www.expo-carga.com
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For More Information
Please contact Adrián Orta, Commercial Specialist for transportation infrastructure equipment and services at
the U.S. Commercial Service in Mexico at Adrian.Orta@trade.gov or (11-52-55) 5140-2619. You can also visit
our website at http://www.export.gov/mexico.
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