Although the maritime transport of cars recorded a historic advance in 2017, the deficient capacity in some ports, including Veracruz, creates a bottleneck for the automotive industry, said automakers’ logistics managers interviewed by Milenio.
Last year, a total 1,832,042 vehicles passed through maritime ports, a growth of 40% compared to 2016, when it totaled 1,305,052 units.
The General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine announced that, with the exception of Acapulco, which fell 8.4% in automotive cargo, all terminals that move vehicles grew at double digits pace.
Veracruz, which ranked first in automotive transit, went from 770,729 units in 2016 to 1,032,692 vehicles last year, which meant an advance of 34%. Meanwhile, Altamira, Tamaulipas increased 76%, from 111,941 to 197,032 units.
Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, second most important port in transit volume, increased 42% going from 311,744 to 442,869 vehicles; Mazatlan went from 54,204 to 75,832 vehicles, advancing 39.9%.
Peter Koltai, head of production, control and logistics of Audi Mexico, said that Veracruz is still a "bottleneck" for the transport of vehicles; coupled with this, "we all have problems with vandalism or unexpected situations on the roads, both in auto parts and finished units."
Rafael Lopez, director of planning and materials for Ford, considered that the port of Veracruz has somewhat improved in capacity and infrastructure, but it is necessary to modernize others in the Pacific, including Mazatlan, to be a gateway to exports to Asia.