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An Expert's View about Suburban, Urban Transport in Mexico

Last updated: 26 Sep 2011

Under President Felipe Calderon’s National Infrastructure Programme, an unprecedented effort is being made towards improving the scope, quality, and coverage of infrastructure in the country — transport being the keystone of the National Plan.

Sector briefing Transport sector in Mexico Why Mexico? Mexico?s privileged geographical situation has allowed the country to develop a logistical network within the territory. Mexican ports, airports and railways have been one of the most important elements for development, as well as a key component for the nation?s exports growth. Under President Felipe Calderon?s National Infrastructure Programme, an unprecedented effort is being made towards improving the scope, quality, and coverage of infrastructure See the UKTI website for general information in the country ? transport being the keystone about Mexico. The ?Doing business? guide of the National Plan. As part of this includes an overview of the economy, business programme, a $15 billion USD investment will culture, potential opportunities and other be devoted to projects in these particular relevant issues. sectors. Under the National The key objective is to develop Mexico into a logistics platform, competitive on a global Infrastructure Plan 2007- basis, by using the country?s geographic and 2012, an investment of $15 commercial advantages. billion USD will be devoted to ports, railways and aiports sectors UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport sector in Mexico capacity from 4 to 7.2 million TEUs, and to Airports increase the productivity rate of operations in specialised container terminals from 68 to 75 Upgrades and expansions containers per hour. There are several projects to upgrade or expand existing airports. Whilst some of the Upgrades and expansions projects are already under construction or are now operating, the following airports still There are four main ports in Mexico: provide opportunities for UK companies to get Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz and involved. Altamira, where important investment is being made, including: New airports The most important new airport project is for ? A specialised container terminal (TEC) II in Mexico City?s new International Airport. A date Lazaro Cardenas, with an estimated for the project has not yet been set, but it is investment of $440 million USD. Its expected to be announced before the end of development plan consists of three phases, the current administration in 2012. This with four berthing positions, a waterfront of project, expected to be the largest airports 1,485 metres, a total area of 102 hectares, project in Latin America is likely to be a depth of 59 feet, an estimated capacity of announced before President Calderon leaves two million TEUs, and equipment (dockside office in December 2012. By common cranes) that includes twelve super- agreement this project is 'a must'. Forecasts postpanamax. predict that the current airport will reach saturation point by 2015/16. ? An expansion of the north zone of the port of Veracruz. With an estimated investment Rivera Maya is a greenfield project located in of $4.1 billion USD, it comprises of 37 the Yucatan Peninsula, a few miles from docks, a total area of 532 hectares, a Cancun. The investment for this project ? capacity of 124 million tons and 4.1 million whose winning bidder is scheduled to be TEUs. The tender is planned for publication announced first Half 2011 ? is $300 million in the first quarter of 2011. USD. ? A multi-purpose terminal in Mazatlan. The Airports groups new terminal will help Mazatlan increase its The three major operating groups: ASUR, OMA, hinterland to the northeast part of Mexico and GAP are interested in new technologies for and will have an estimated investment of airports, security and consulting services. $3 million USD. They are among a list of products or services they require, in order to achieve the goals set out in their master plans which are submitted Railways to local authorities for approval every 5 years. Support is needed in various areas, both for government authorities and for the different Key objectives include: building 1,418 km of airports groups such as: Cargo, development railroad (adding to the current 26,667 km of commercial activities, regulatory framework, network), increasing the average speed from security, IT systems, baggage handling, 24 to 40 km/hour, developing the first stages engineering, contractors, fuel facilities and of a Suburban Train network in Mexico City, distribution, design, project management, and building a variety of underpasses, airport Operational Management systems, overpasses, and bypasses with the appropriate ground Handling and financial consulting. signage. Metro Systems There are three cities in Mexico with a metro Ports system network: Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The main goals of the Mexican Ports System are: to build four new ports and expand or Mexico City operates the world?s fifth busiest upgrade 22 existing ports, to build ten cruise metro in terms of passengers and has eleven docks, to increase available container terminal lines covering 175 stations. A twelfth line is UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport sector in Mexico currently under construction and is scheduled Major events and activities to be completed by 2012. There are also extension plans for Lines 7 (to the south) and 8 Airports (to the north and south). AeroExpo 2011 Guadalajara?s light rail system line 3. Third line International aviation exhibition and from the North-Central Ávila Camacho station convention, held every two years. to Tesistán in the municipality of Zapopan. The Location: Toluca feasibility studies are ready and tender is being Contact: Tere Reyes prepared and will be released the first half Email: 2011. Time: 7-9 April 2011 Suburban rail Ports Further development of suburban rail operations is planned with Lines 2 and 3 in the Annual Mexican Ports and Terminals Mexico City Metropolitan Area. Operators Association Summit Contact: Agnes Celis ? Line 2 (20 kilometres long) will connect the Email: municipality of Ecatepec in the state of Time: TBC Mexico with the Martín Carrera metro station in the Federal District. Railways ? Line 3 will connect the municipalities of ALAMYS 2011 (Guadalajara, México) Chalco and Nezahualcóyotl along a 31- (Latin American Subways and Undergrounds kilometre line in the State of Mexico. The Association) tender is scheduled to be launched by the All major metro systems in Latin America end of 2011. attend their yearly reunion. The government is also considering new Contact: TBC suburban rail projects in the following cities: Email: TBC Time: 20-24 November 2011. ? Monterrey ? Guadalajara ? Aguascalientes AMF Expo Rail 2011 (Monterrey, Mexico) ? Mérida Contact: TBC ? Guanajuato Email: TBC Time: TBC If you have any questions about opportunities in the local market, get in touch with the For details of events related to this country or contacts listed at the end of this report. sector, use the events search on the UKTI website or register to receive regular updates. Business opportunities aimed at UK companies New export events are added daily. are added daily to the UKTI website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) British Embassies, High Commissions and provides grant support for eligible Small & Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend markets. You can search for opportunities by trade shows overseas. sector or country, or register to receive business opportunity alerts on a regular basis. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport sector in Mexico UKTI contacts Next steps - how UKTI can help Lourdes Huelgas Trade and Investment Research Officer British companies wishing to develop their British Embassy Mexico City business in the local market are advised to Tel: +52 (55) 16 70 32 80 undertake as much market research and Email: planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s local team, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the local market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? 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Posted: 26 September 2011, last updated 26 September 2011

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