Under the National Infrastructure Programme 2007-2012, an estimated $6 billion USD is being devoted to develop projects in the ports sector.
Ports Sector in Mexico
Mexico?s strategic geographical situation has allowed it to develop a logistical network within
the country. Mexican ports have been one of the most important elements for development, as
well as a key component for the nation?s growth in exports. As of 2008, 3,302,728 containers
were moved through the Mexican ports system, ranked third in Latin America, with a growth of
Under the National Infrastructure Programme 2007-2012, an estimated $6 billion USD 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
are to: build four new ports and expand or upgrade 22 existing ports, build ten cruise docks,
increase available container terminal capacity from 4 to 7.2 million TEUs, and to increase the
productivity rate of operations in specialised container terminals from 68 to 75 containers per
According to Mexico?s Ministry of Communications and Transport, important investments will
be made in the following ports.
? Facility for copper related products to be built in a 3 hectare area to handle and store
400,000 tons of material each year.
? 6 hectare fluid terminal to handle and store one million tons per year..
? 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:
? Two docks with a total length of 600 meters each.
? Storage facilities for cars and spare parts.
? Loading and unloading patios with intermodal facilities.
? Paved patios to unload cars.
Veracruz Port Expansion
The 882 hectare expansion is planned to be divided into two phases, and it will have 45 new
Other opportunity areas include:
? Cargo and operations security
? Construction and maintenance of basic infrastructure (quays, breakwaters, dredging,
primary roads, railway tracks)
? Services (cargo handling, mooring, storage, towage).
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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 the launch of a tender and the required
proposal submission date is extremely short. In addition, if you are already in contact with the
local authorities you may be able to gain an insight as to what they are looking for before the
tender is advertised.
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
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.
? Miguel Angel Medina, British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55) 1670 3280 or email:
? 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 ? ports
Annual Mexican Ports and Terminals Operators Association Summit
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters