Large shipping line urges upgrade of Mexican transport infrastructure
Mexican transport infrastructure improvements will reduce overall supply chain costs.
Maersk Line, a large, globally prominent maritime shipping line has asked that the government continue its efforts to upgrade and further develop Mexican transport infrastructure. Maersk officials assert that doing so will eliminate bottle necks that are impeding the optimal movement of cargo, as well as will reduce shipping costs for consumers. Maersk is a major player in Mexico’s maritime logistics market. Sixty-three percent of cargo that moves through Mexican ports on an annual basis is transited by the Danish firm.
According to Mario Veraldo, the director general of Maersk Line in Mexico, has noted that the country’s increase in foreign trade volumes has led to bottle necks that are impeding the in and out movement of trucks in port facilities. Of fundamental importance in the general director’s opinion is investment in Mexican transport infrastructure that will make the flow of truck travel in and out of shipping container areas more efficient and agile.
As a part of a larger plan to improve Mexican transport structure, the government has devised a total of twenty-five projects to improve Mexican ports. Among these efforts are
- the expansion and remodeling of existing ports in terms of their capacity to ship and receive cargo;
- the creation of new ports at Ciudad del Carmen, Seybaplaya, Campeche and Matamoros.
Other improvements in Mexican transport infrastructure at the nation’s ports include raising capacity to three hundred and seventy million tons, with the final objective being to raise this number to five hundred million. Principal ports such as Altimira, Tuxpan and Vercruz will be expanded and will implement modern technologies designed for the purpose of making the cargo flows more agile.
In addition to Mexican transport infrastructure improvement at the nation’s ports, the director general of Maersk Line in Mexico, also recommends that the Mexican government make improvements to its highway transportation system, as it also affects the flow of goods from port facilities to consumers. Improving infrastructure at ports, on highways and on Mexican rail lines will serve to minimize cost adverse bottle necks that now impact the country’s supply chain.