At present, Mexico has 16 main ports some used exclusively for commercial purposes, yet all of these are part of a broad initiative that plans to invest from 2010 to 2012
Marine Sector In Mexico
Mexico’s solid marine infrastructure is ranked among the top 10 countries worldwide. In terms
of ports, with its 5,797 miles of coastline, it offers diverse opportunities in the commercial and
At present, Mexico has 16 main ports some used exclusively for commercial purposes, yet all of
these are part of a broad initiative that plans to invest from 2010 to 2012 more than US$700
million in infrastructure and technology to fully explode the connection between Mexico and the
sea. According to the Federal expenditure budget for 2012, the marine sector has a programmed
expenditure of US$1.5 billion.
The commercial sector distinguishes itself by Mexico’s merchant marine which is among the top
50 in the world, while there is also public involvement since 2006 with the beginning of the
construction of 10 boats in shipyards, property of the Mexican navy. These ships have been
constructed in 10 different shipyards, 6 located in the Gulf of Mexico and 4 on the Pacific, and
have the primary objective of updating the Mexican navy, since 80% of their ships are more than
25 years old.
Security developments in Mexico have turned the naval sector into one of the essential
components of its fight against the security problems that plague the country, and this in turn has
increased spending in naval infrastructure, which can be an opportunity for British investors.
The Mexican Navy currently includes 589 ships in operations which include destroyers, ocean
and coast patrols, amphibian assault ships, interceptors, transports and research vessels.
Most of these vessels have been acquired from the United States Armed Forces and saw combat
in WWII in the Pacific theater, therefore the need exists to update and change most of the
holdings of the Mexican Navy.
Meanwhile in the leisure area according to national data, the market of products and equipment
for yachts and commercial fishing industry boats in Mexico is estimated to be of at least US$2.3
billion with a 2.3% annual growth rate in the 2004-2010 period, therefore this is an area in which
British companies can find opportunities to offer products that interest the affluent market of the
owners of these vessels, that would not only be willing to invest in equipment, but also in crew
training, safety and insurance systems to protect their property. According to the Boston
Consulting Group (BCG), the luxury market in Mexico and Latin America has grown 15%
annually. Their statistics show that 5.2% of the population in Mexico can afford luxury goods,
which represents 55% of sales in Latin America in 2011..
Currently the clearest opportunities in the commercial and leisure marine sector are:
ξ Parts, supplies, materials and services related to maintenance and repair of pleasure boats
ξ Parts, supplies, materials and services related to the construction of boats by the Mexican
ξ Development of marinas.
ξ New technologies for port facilities.
ξ Crew training and licensing.
ξ Navigation and waterway management.
ξ Safety, rescue systems and insurance.
ξ Maintenance and repair facilities
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Getting into the market
ξ Secretary of Navy or SEMAR is mainly in charge of managing and organising the
Mexican Navy and Marine Forces.
ξ The Mexican Chamber of Maritime Transport or CAMEINTRAM is an institution of
public interest which brings together Mexican shipping companies, port terminals, port
service providers and related services, becoming the most representative entity within
More about doing business in Mexico
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Luis Calette, Trade & Investment Officer. Tel: +52 (664) 615 8046 or email:
ξ Ana Gallardo, Trade & Investment Officer. Tel: +52 (664) 615 8046 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Expo Carga 2013
11-13 June, 2013
Cabo Marine Show
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