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  • Investigation finds lack of competition in Mexican rail interconnections

    March 22, 2017

    The investigative arm of Mexico’s competition commission (COFECE) has suggested there is a lack of competition in interconnection services by the major companies operating the country’s railway network. The unit has just released the preliminary findings of an investigation into the matter following a claim by an unnamed party last year. Kansas City Southern Mexico …

  • FVL conference 2017: Live poll results

    March 14, 2017

    Live polling conducted at the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference revealed mixed sentiments on the economy, what technology to invest in and visibility in the sector                                                         …

  • FVL conference: High tech over brute force in reducing vandalism in Mexico

    March 11, 2017

    Damage and theft on Mexico’s railways can be a chronic problem for carmakers in the country. One of the industry’s most successful security experts suggests that tracking data and behaviour can help tackle the problem over the long term Vandalism and theft on the rail network in Mexico continue to cost the automotive industry millions …

  • FVL conference: American Honda overcomes Mexican vandalism issue

    March 10, 2017

    Honda has drastically reduced incidents of damage and vandalism on vehicles that it exports from Mexico beyond North America, as well as vehicles shipped to Mexico, thanks to a number of route and transport changes. Charles Franklin, manager of export logistics at American Honda (pictured), says his company had zero incidences of vandalism to vehicles …

  • FVL conference: OEMs with US capacity and flexibility best placed ahead of any Nafta changes

    March 10, 2017

    Carmakers with excess US capacity, or those that haven’t yet put significant investments into Mexico are best placed ahead of negotiations between the trading partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). This is according to Brandon Mason, global automotive director at PwC, who highlighted a $60 billion trade imbalance with Mexico as the motivation behind …

  • Yusen Logistics expands services for automotive in Mexico

    February 14, 2017

    Yusen Logistics has opened 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 22nd, is …

  • 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 …