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  • Mexico conference: Nafta concerns slow supply chain investment

    February 6, 2017

    Carmakers, tier suppliers and logistics providers are becoming increasingly cautious about investment in Mexico, downgrading some plans or holding back on decisions amid the uncertainty of Mexico’s future trade relations with the United States and potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Mexico has been one of the largest recipients of automotive …

  • Mexico conference: government urges ‘tranquillity’ in Nafta debate

    February 3, 2017

    The Mexican government has confirmed that it will seek to maintain the current advantages of the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), including tariff-free trade of automotive parts and vehicles, in upcoming negotiations with the governments of the US and Canada. It will also seek to further reduce regulatory barriers to trade, as well as …

  • Mexico conference: Rail and truck capacity challenges

    February 2, 2016

    If Mexico’s automotive production figures reach more than 5m in 2020, as they are forecast to do, it will put a significant strain on Mexico’s rail and truck infrastructure. It is no secret that more trucks and railcars will be needed to cope, and infrastructure projects will need to be completed. Speaking at the 2016 …

  • Mexico Conference report: On the borderline of change

    February 1, 2016

    The second Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, saw hundreds of executives and officials discuss how best to ensure that the country’s fast-growing automotive production and supply chain will be fit for purpose by 2020 and beyond. Christopher Ludwig reports on plenty of progress, as well as reasons to worry. Rachael Hogg contributed …

  • Mexico conference: Swapping customs agents, cross-border trucking and other happenings on the border

    January 31, 2016

    Efforts and projects to improve US-Mexico customs and border operations are the most promising they have been in decades, according to William Duncan (pictured), the chargé d’affaires for the US Embassy to Mexico. Important trials are underway for pre-clearance inspections, while there is work to increase capacity on both sides of the border. Speaking at the Automotive Logistics Mexico …

  • Mexico conference: Audi adapts logistics for San José Chiapa

    January 30, 2016

    When Audi starts series production later this year of the Q5 SUV crossover at its new plant in San José Chiapa, in the state of Puebla, Mexico, it will begin one of the most complex operations for parts handling and logistics in the country, with tremendous variety and customisation in production. Audi will also use …

  • Mexico conference: BMW’s global plans for San Luis Potosi

    January 29, 2016

    BMW has mapped out its logistics plans so far for its upcoming plant in San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, revealing a global supply chain, streamlined internal logistics and ambitions for a highly diverse outbound distribution. The plant is scheduled to come online in 2019 with an initial capacity for 150,000 units per year following …

  • Mexico conference: reaching the exponential phase

    January 29, 2016

    Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal (pictured), Mexico’s secretary of the economy under its president Enrique Peña Nieto, gave a brief history of the country’s automotive industry while speaking at Automotive Logistics Mexico 2016. First there was the ‘construction phase’ that started in the 1960s with several automotive decrees that led to the development of the country’s first …

  • Mexico conference: Logistics is the key to cope with the country’s growth

    January 27, 2016

    The automotive market in Mexico is in great shape. In 2015, the country has become the seventh largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, and the first in Latin America, producing more than 3.4m light vehicles. In terms of exports, Mexico is the fourth largest global exporter in the world, the fifth largest automotive parts exporter, …

  • Mexico short sea: Services evolve as volume increases

    December 24, 2015

    Although rail continues to be the dominant mode to move vehicles from Mexico to the US, short-sea shipping is becoming ever more viable. Short-sea shipping for Mexican vehicle exports to the US isn’t new. It’s been around for decades, but every few years it pops up as an ‘emerging trend’. In the 1990s, for example, …