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  • Yusen Logistics expands services for automotive in Mexico

    February 14, 2017

    Yusen Logistics has invested $13m in a new facility near Celaya, in Mexico, that will provide a range of services for inbound parts shipments to the growing automotive industry in the Bajio region. The site will also function as the headquarters of Yusen Logistics Mexico. The 5,000 sq.m warehouse, which will officially open on February …

  • Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

    February 7, 2017

    Mexico’s automotive industry is inextricably linked with its neighbours to the north but under its new president the US is talking about renegotiating Nafta and applying border taxes to imports. At this year’s Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, held in Mexico City, industry and government heads looked for positive signs in an uncertain political climate For …

  • 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: Trump’s taxes and tariffs ‘a negotiating ploy’

    February 1, 2017

    The past week has seen tensions escalate between the US and Mexico over trade terms, with a number of tariff and tax proposals suggested by the administration of Donald Trump that would have significant impacts on the automotive supply chain, both in North America and globally. However, while the administration rolled back on some tariff …

  • EU and Mexico to accelerate trade talks

    February 1, 2017

    The European Union and Mexico have announced an intention to accelerate trade talks and are planning two additional rounds of discussion on a “reformed free trade agreement” before the northern hemisphere summer. In a joint statement on the move, EU commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmström (pictured), and Mexico’s minister of the economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, said: “Together, we are witnessing …

  • GM job cuts loom in Canada as overlap of Equinox production ends

    February 1, 2017

    General Motors has issued a notice at its CAMI plant in Canada that could result in the laying off of about 600 employees, according to labour union Unifor. The union said it was informed of the decision by company management earlier this week. The CAMI assembly plant in Ontario has historically produced the Chevrolet Equinox …

  • It may not be popular, but collaboration is still the only smart option

    January 26, 2017

    Despite the rise in populist protectionism so clearly underlined by the UK’s recent vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s surprising US election win, working together remains the only sensible way forward Supply chain experts will spend 2017 dealing with the aftermath of the protectionist sentiments that helped propel the UK vote to leave …

  • Landstar expands cross-border logistics services in Laredo

    January 25, 2017

    US transport management firm, Landstar System, has moved its logistics operations in Laredo on the Mexican border to a bigger facility to meet increased demand for cross-border services. The 2,900 sq.m facility has a 30-door cross-dock and is situated on a 20-hectare site that can accommodate 450 trailers, two and a half times more than …

  • Kansas City Southern counts the cost of Mexican fuel price rise

    January 25, 2017

    Kansas City Southern (KCS) has said it is paying 70% more for its fuel in Mexico than it does in the US, following price hikes of 15-20% in some parts of the country at the start of this year, which have led to widespread protests. Speaking at his company’s fourth quarter results briefing, KCS chief …