Under the National Infrastructure Programme 2007-2012, an estimated US$6 billion is being devoted to develop projects in the ports sector.
Ports Sector in Mexico
Mexico’s privileged geographical situation has allowed the country to develop a logistical
network within the territory. Mexican ports have been one of the most important elements for
development, as well as a key component for the nation’s exports growth. As of 2008, the
Mexican ports system has been ranked third in Latin America, with a growth of 8.2%.
Under the National Infrastructure Programme 2007-2012, an estimated US$6 billion is being
devoted to develop projects in the ports sector.
President Calderon’s key objective is to develop Mexico into a logistics platform, competitive on
a global basis, by using the country’s geographic and commercial advantages. The main goals
ξ To build four new ports.
ξ To expand or upgrade 22 existing ports.
ξ To build ten cruise docks.
ξ To increase available container terminal capacity from 4 to 7.2 million TEUs.
ξ To increase the productivity rate of operations in specialised container terminals from 68
to 75 containers per hour.
According to Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport, important investments will
be made in the following ports:
ξ Guaymas Expansion:
ξ Building of 3-hectare facility to handle and store up to 400,000 tons of copper and
copper-related material each year.
ξ 6 hectare fluid terminal to handle and store one million tons per year.
ξ Mineral bulk terminal to handle two million tons a year.
Lazaro Cardenas Car Terminal: To be built in 36 hectares, the project is to be privately funded
and will consist of:
ξ Two docks with a total length of 600 meters each.
ξ Storage facilities for cars and spare parts.
ξ Loading and unloading patios with intermodal facilities.
ξ Paved patios to unload cars.
1. Veracruz Port Expansion: with an expected investment of US$3,360 million, the 782
hectare expansion is planned to be divided into two phases, and it will have 45 new
Opportunity areas include:
ξ Cargo and operations security.
ξ Construction and maintenance of basic infrastructure (quays, breakwaters, dredging,
primary roads, railway tracks).
ξ Services (cargo handling, mooring, storage, towage).
Latest export opportunities in the Ports sector
Latest export opportunities - Mexico
Getting into the market
We encourage British companies to approach well in advance the local authorities that are in
charge of projects, since very frequently the time between a tender’s launch and the required
proposal submission date is extremely short. Approaching them beforehand is desirable to have
an insight of what they need and ask for. It is important to build relationships in the market, so
that key local players and decision makers will be aware of your expertise and keep you in mind
when forming bidding consortia. In many instances, UK companies choose to partner with local
counterparts, benefiting from their business know-how.
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 through 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 Miguel Angel Medina, British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55) 1670 3280 or email:
ξ Diana Leon, British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55)1670 3302 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.
Latest events in the Ports sector
Annual Mexican Ports and Terminals Operators Association Summit
Date and venue: TBC
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters