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REGIONAL REPORTMEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA


the state of Guanajuato. This took over a year and involved the transportation and installation of more than 10,000 teu of components, Dewart confirmed. ITM has been involved mostly in power generation projects, the delivery of cargoes in support of the automotive industry and, just recently, brewery equipment for AB- Inbev’s new mega-brewery under construction in central Mexico, including oversize fermentation tanks. Yusen, meanwhile, is seeing many new factory start-ups beginning to invest in Mexico especially in the automotive sector – mainly tier one and tier two suppliers for OEMs like Toyota and BMW.


The company will continue to focus on project cargo in Mexico over the next several years and there is a lot of potential for 3PLs, Dewart added. There are no clear national/domestic industry leaders that can provide the international door-to-door coordination that is needed to execute a project in Mexico at the levels global companies require, only small pockets of highly specialised service providers, he said. The current project scenario is quite challenging, but full of opportunities, Alamilla said, as the Mexican industry is


“very dynamic”. In addition, there is increasing competition from project forwarders based elsewhere entering the Mexican market, Colunga and Melchor pointed out.


Road infrastructure


But perhaps the main challenge is the country’s road infrastructure, which is ill-suited for tall and heavy cargoes due to the large number of low bridges and narrow tollbooths, according to Alamilla. In spite of the difficulties, though, he expects to see more projects related to renewable power generation, with a significant increase in cargo transportation as a result. “So the future looks good for Mexico’s project business,” he said, adding that “our plan for the near future is to expand our branch offices to the USA.” De los Santos is keen to point out that Mexico’s infrastructure has improved, with billions of dollars spent in the last couple of decades. In his view, the challenge now is that Mexico is an open economy with investors and staff from all over the world. As a result, he said: “Expectations of


quality, safety, processes and compliance when working for foreign companies are


Bahri’s 26,000 dwt vessels deployed on its North America to Middle East liner service are designed to carry ro-ro, breakbulk, project cargoes and containers.


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