International logistics and distribution in Mexico often ends in maritime ports. Around them, there is a variety of warehousing services.

We give you some of the most important terminals for sea freight consolidation in the country.

Inbound Logistics says that “Companies that source and manufacture products in Mexico gain opportunities to cut transportation costs, hold less inventory, and provide faster service to customers. However, to reap logistics benefits in Mexico, you have to know your way around.”.

“To reduce the number of miles that products must travel through their networks, many manufacturers are deploying a more flexible, multi-product-line production system. Manufacturers of consumer packaged goods are moving facilities closer to large markets to serve customers better and cut transportation costs. Importers are moving services closer to major ports, and retailers are reducing direct store delivery volume when it makes sense. Mexico can play a fundamental role in all these supply chains.”

A way to secure the efficiency in international cargo consolidation is “postponement” of the supply chain. To Revista Logística, “this means postponing certain activities to have the final, personalized configuration of the product and meet customer requirements. In summary, configuring a semi-finished product that will generate enough flexibility to the supply chain”.

“Ideally, you should lead a production and personalization process at the same time. Their benefits are an answer to customer needs, inventory management, costs, speeds and reducing the uncertainty between the expenses that are linked and the associated levels of service”, told that magazine the researcher from Universidad Iberoamericana, Manuel del Moral.

PricewaterhouseCoopers reminds us that “in the last decade Mexican ports have gone through a modernizing process which has allowed them to increase the  freight distribution significantly.”

The company calculates that there are around 117 ports with their respective advantages in cargo consolidation.

Here are some of the most important ports in Mexico:

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1. Progreso (Yucatán)

This port has outstanding opportunities for deliveries to central, northeast and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, as its cost of transportation is cheaper. Internationally, the area has high projections for imports and exports, with a maquila or toiling regime manufacturing plants, which require specific warehousing services.

Recently, the Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the government of the state of Yucatan announced that Progreso’s logistics platform would be extended. The new infrastructure would have a hydrocarbon terminal, expand the depth for ships for up to 15 meters.

Experts consulted by Loginews believe that this will be “an incentive for Mexico to have more infrastructure to become one of the leaders of the region’s manufacturing high technology products.”


2. Altamira (Tamaulipas)

Because of its location, as it is easily connected with bustling cities like Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City, it is an area of easy access for industries like chemical and mechanics. According to the Altamira port authority, the terminal is connected to 125 ports around the globe with different shipping lines in containers or piece goods, mainly across the Atlantic Ocean.

Like Progreso, Altamira is also developing an extensive development program, investing 3,460 million Mexican pesos (over 16 million dollars) by 2020, to extend and modernize infrastructure and increase the level of local industry to use maritime transportation “as a major factor in their supply chain.”



3. Manzanillo (Colima)

This terminal has positioned itself as one of the main ports of entry for central and southern Mexico, According to the port authority, it has 68% of containers from the Mexican Pacific area, and 46% from all over the country, projecting to the entire Pacific rim.

The Mexican Rail Association director estimated that  Manzanillo was among the five largest ports in Latin America, with a 2,458,135 TEU traffic.

Recent figures show that the port’s production increased over 24% in the past three years, after it invested in Super Post Panamax type cranes, and labs to analyze shipment samples.  This reduced considerably the time it took to calculate tariff quotas and speed up the delivery of goods.


4. Veracruz (Veracruz)

Located in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico, this port has an important area to run supply chain logistics with customs bonded warehousing capacity. The cargo can remain for up to 60 months without the payment of taxes or fees until they are distributed.

Veracruz s one of the most important ports in the region. According to the Mexican government, they will invest 30 billion Mexican pesos (over 1.4 billion dollars) to extend its capacity.

The important infrastructure and quality of 3pl logistics companies can help optimize costs and expenses for imports and cargo consolidation services.

What type of cargo transport do you work with? What terminal do you consider more convenient in Mexico?