Delivering on the promises established in the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) of President Peña Nieto’s administration, SSA México started operations on the new Specialized Automotive Terminal (TEA) at the Lazaro Cardenas port in Michoacan.

The first stage of the project was completed with an investment of MX$900 million (US$49 million), which translated into an available ground of 21Ha and capacity to move 700,000 vehicles per year. The terminal was inaugurated with the arrival of two ships from the K Line carrier – the Helios Highway and the Hyperion Highway –transporting 2,420 and 2,767 vehicles respectively, mostly of the Toyota, GM, Suzuki, Daimler, Honda, Hino, Isuzu and Nissan brands.

According to Manuel Fernández, Director General of SSA México, TEA is the only terminal with docks exclusively designed for Roll On-Roll Off ships, mostly used to carry both light and heavy vehicles. “(TEA) boosts Mexico’s capacity to meet the needs of vehicle imports from the far East, as well as exports to Central and South America, the US and Canada,” he says.

Infrastructure development is currently one of the main concerns among manufacturers, logistics operators and industry leaders alike. Growth forecasts show that by 2020, Mexico could be manufacturing approximately 5 million light vehicles per year and some fear the country will not be prepared to handle the resulting export operations. “The automotive industry keeps growing but the road and rail infrastructure is reaching its peak,” said Piotr Zaleski, President and CEO of Hellmann Mexico, in an interview with Mexico Automotive Review 2017. “Ports and custom offices are also critical factors that cannot be overlooked.” Miguel Trejo, Sales Director of Agility Mexico, on the other hand, said to Mexico Automotive Review 2017 that access to sound infrastructure is necessary to guarantee delivery times, reliable execution and safe transfers.

The government is not blind to the needs of the industry and according to a statement from Gerardo Ruíz Esparza, Minister of Communications and Transportation, delivered at the inauguration of the Specialized Container Terminal II at Lazaro Cardenas, one of the goals of this administration’s NIP was to make Mexico a logistics hub for high-tech manufacturing, thus narrowing the gap between the country’s production centers and our borders, ports and main consumer markets around the world.

The data used in this article was sourced from Mexico’s Government Site, Forbes México, El Financiero and Manzanillo News.

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