Ports Sector

An Expert's View about Logistics in Mexico

Last updated: 16 May 2011

Mexican ports have been one of the most important elements for development, as well as a key component for the nation’s exports growth.

Sector briefing Ports sector in Mexico Why 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. 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 ? ports included. As part of this programme, a $6 billion USD investment will be devoted to projects in this particular sector. The key objective is to develop Mexico into a includes an overview of the economy, business logistics platform, competitive on a global culture, potential opportunities and other basis, by using the country?s geographic and relevant issues. commercial advantages. The main goals of the Mexican Ports System are: to build four new ports and expand or upgrade 22 existing ports, to build ten cruise docks, to increase available As of 2008, 3,302,728 container terminal capacity from 4 to 7.2 containers were moved million TEUs, and to increase the productivity through the Mexican ports rate of operations in specialised container system, ranked third in Latin terminals from 68 to 75 containers per hour. America, with a growth of See the UKTI website for general information 8.2% about Mexico. The ?Doing business? guide UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ports sector in Mexico Opportunities Infrastructure Maintenance and construction of basic Upgrades and expansions infrastructure: There are four main ports in Mexico: ? Quays Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz and ? Land reclamation works Altamira. Important investments include: ? Sea locks, breakwaters, sea walls, and other protective works. ? A multi-purpose terminal in Mazatlan. ? Dredging maritime accesses and canals. The new terminal will help Mazatlan ? Primary roads. increase its hinterland to the northeast ? Railway tracks. part of Mexico and will have an estimated investment of $3 million USD. Services ? A specialised container terminal (TEC) II All services performed in port areas: in Lazaro Cardenas, with an estimated investment of $440 million USD. Its ? Handling goods, loading/unloading development plan consists of three ? Trash collection phases, with four berthing positions, a ? Provisioning waterfront of 1,485 metres, a total area ? Fuel supply of 102 hectares, a depth of 59 feet, an ? Mooring estimated capacity of two million TEUs, ? Storage and equipment (dockside cranes) that ? Towage includes twelve super-postpanamax. ? Telecomunications ? An expansion of the north zone of the Terminals port of Veracruz. With an estimated investment of $4.1 billion USD, it Management contracts and/or building new comprises of 37 docks, a total area of terminals: 532 hectares, a capacity of 124 million tons and 4.1 million TEUs. The tender is ? Containers planned for publication in the first ? Dry-Bulks quarter of 2011. ? Liquid-Bulks ? Multi-purpose ? Tourist marinas New Ports ? Cruise liners ? Roll on/Roll off (Ro/Ro) Punta Colonet is a multimodal project located 140 km to the south of Ensenada. Its purpose Development Area is to handle and transport container cargo between the USA and Asia. The concession will Invest in: be for 45 years, with 100% private investment. ? Industries The project is being analysed to adjust it to the ? Warehouses new conditions, with an attractive scheme ? Fishing Industries recognising the present requirements of the ? Shipyards market. The tender is expected to be launched in 2011. Finally, it should be mentioned that a lot of investment for the ports sector is planned on a mixed funding basis. Thus, the UK?s experience Security in PPP or other financial schemes could prove to be a major asset for UK companies seeking An area that has become a growing concern for to enter the Mexican market. port operators is that of cargo and operations security. There is a growing demand for technology and equipment that will ensure the safe arrival of merchandise to its destination. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ports sector in Mexico If you have any questions on the opportunities Next steps -how UKTI can above, contact the UKTI Mexico Infrastructure help Team contacts named in this report. British companies wishing to develop their Business opportunities aimed at UK companies business in the local market are advised to are added daily to the UKTI website. These undertake as much market research and leads are sourced by our staff overseas in planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s locally- British Embassies, High Commissions and based team, with its wide local knowledge and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 experience, can provide a range of services to markets. You can search for opportunities by British-based companies wishing to grow their sector or country, or register to receive business in global markets. This can include: business opportunity alerts on a regular basis. ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential Major events and activities customers in the New Zealand market ? Establishment of interest of such Annual Mexican Ports and Terminals contacts in working with you Operators Association Summit ? Arranging appointments Contact: TBC ? Organise seminars or other events for Email: TBC you to meet contacts and promote your Time: TBC company in the New Zealand market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable Find full details of all ports events in service which assists British-based companies Mexico on the UKTI website. New export wishing to enter or expand their business in events are added daily to the site and you can overseas markets. register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) to find contact details for your local UKTI provides grant support for eligible Small & office. Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ports sector in Mexico UKTI contacts Diana Leon Trade & Investment Officer British Embassy Mexico City Tel: +52 (55) 16 70 33 02 Email: Diana.Leon@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Lourdes Huelgas Trade and Investment Research Officer British Embassy Mexico City Tel: +52 (55) 16 70 32 80 Email: Lourdes.Huelgas@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. 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Posted: 14 May 2011, last updated 16 May 2011

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