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Bringing You Opportunities for International Trade

Our agent in Mexico City, Juan Carlos Serralde, is supported by iComTrader North America (New York). He brings more than 22 years of experience in International Trade, to our global team of Agents & Partners. Juan Carlos is fluent in Spanish and English, and looks forward to assisting our members, in any way that he can.

If you are a member of iComTrader, you can count on our Sales Office in Mexico City. Please contact us at the mail address below, if you need  assistance in sourcing materials/products from Mexico, market intelligence for the import and/or export of products, or for information about doing business in Mexico.

The Economy of Mexico is the 13th largest in the world in nominal terms and the 11th by purchasing power parity according to the World Bank.

The economy contains rapidly developing  modern industrial  and service sectors with increasing  private ownership. Recent administrations have expanded  competition in ports, railroads, telecommunications and airports with the aim of upgrading infrastructure. Mexico as an export-oriented economy, more than 90% of Mexican Trade is under  free trade agreements with more than forty countries, including the European Union, European Free Trade Agreement, Israel, Japan, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica), part of South America (Colombia, Chile , Uruguay and Latin American Integration Association countries). The most influential free trade agreement  is the North American  Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2006, trade with Mexico two northern Partners accounted for almost 90% of its exports and 55% of its imports.

GDP: 1 trillion USD (2009)
GDP Growth:  5% (2010)
GDP per capita: USD 9,243
Inflation: 4%
Exports: USD 303 billion (2010)

Main Export Goods: manufactured goods, electronics, aircraft, computers & servers, silver, processed foods, vegetables, ships, coffee, LCD screens, automotive & aircraft engines, electricity, biotechnology, automobiles, cellular phones, metals, industrial equipment, oil, granite and marble, lithium.

Main Trading Partners:
USA 76.5%
Canada: 6%
Germany: 1.7%

Main Import Goods:  steel mill products, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, repair parts for motor vehicles &aircraft parts.

Main  Import Partners:

USA: 56.7%
China: 9.35%
South Korea: 5.21%
Japan: 4.1%

Major Industries: agriculture, processed food, electronics, automotive, energy & mineral sources, tourism, banking & financial services.

Mexican Ports

Port of Ensenada:
Puerto de Ensenada lies on the shores of the Todos Santos Bay off the Pacific Ocean in northern Mexico’s State of Baja California. About 85 kilometers south of Tijuana and the border with the United States, the Puerto de Ensenada is a popular vacation spot for people in Southern California, and the city is full of luxury hotels, time-share condos, and vacation homes. With a rich fishery and gorgeous beaches, the Puerto de Ensenada is popular for both commercial and sports fishing, delicious seafood restaurants, and some great duty-free shopping. The Puerto de Ensenada is a regular call for cruise ships. In 2005, about 413 thousand people lived in Puerto de Ensenada.

The Puerto de Ensenada’s local economy also benefits from agriculture and livestock. Farmers grow olives, grapes, and wheat, and livestock graze in the surrounding grasslands. The Puerto de Ensenada exports much cotton to Asia and the United States. With a large commercial tuna fishing fleet, the Puerto de Ensenada is also popular among sports fishers. The busy Puerto de Ensenada is also an important container shipping port.

Port of Altamira:
The Port of Altamira lies on the north-central shores of the Gulf of Mexico, about 383 kilometers south of Mexico’s border with the United States in the State of Tamaulipas. The Port of Altamira is a municipality that contains the cities of Miramar and Altamira as well as several smaller towns. In 2005, over 162 thousand people called the Port of Altamira home, while about 59 thousand lived in the community of Altamira.

The Port of Altamira is the port and industrial center for the region. While the Tampico docks at the Pánuco River handle loose cargoes, the Port of Altamira is the main container port for the State of Tamaulipas. The Port of Altamira has a significant petrochemical industrial sector that contributes many jobs and revenues to the State. Foreign companies like DuPont, BASF, POSCO, and SABIC have plants there.

Port of Dos Bocas:
Dos Bocas Port is located about five kilometers north of the town of Paraiso in the State of Tabasco, Mexico, on the southern shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The Puerto de Dos Bocas serves the States of Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Veracruz, and the northern areas of Central America. The Puerto de Dos Bocas accounts for as much as 85% of Mexico’s oil production and imports equipment and machinery for oil exploration and development activities.

The Puerto de Dos Bocas also imports products, equipment, and machinery to support local agricultural production, much of which is exported. Puerto de Dos Bocas exports include bananas, mango, pineapple, Persian lemon, papaya, orange, coffee, sugar cane, cocoa, and peppers as well as products based on livestock.

Oil exports leave the Puerto de Dos Bocas for destinations that include the East Coast of the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and North Africa. Exports of tropical agricultural products go to the US’s East Coast, Eastern Europe, Canada, and the Middle East.

Port of Guaymas:
Puerto de Guaymas lies on the shores of the Gulf of California off the Pacific Ocean in the southwestern area of the State of Sonora, Mexico, about 400 kilometers south of the border with the United States. Sitting at the mouth of the Río Yaqui and surrounded by beautiful mountains, the Puerto de Guaymas is a shipping, manufacturing, commercial, and tourism center. Major exports include sulfuric acid, copper, wheat, and other crops grown in the region (cotton, vegetables, fruits, etc.).

Although there are many seafood processing plants in the Puerto de Guaymas, overfishing and diminishing fresh water from the Colorado River have stressed the port’s fisheries. Still important for sports fishing, new resorts developing along the coastline are changing the Puerto de Guaymas into an important tourism center. In 2005, over 184 thousand people called the Puerto de Guaymas home.

Port of Lazaro Cardenas:
In 2005,  this port supported 1158 vessels carrying 20.9 million tons of cargo and over 524,000 TEUs of containerized cargo, including 15.4 million tons of foreign trade and 5.5 million tons of cabotage. Foreign trade included 10.5 million tons of imports and 4.9 million tons of exports. The major imports were iron ore pellets, coal, iron alloy, and gasoline/diesel. Major exports included iron, automobiles, wire rod, and billets.

The modern Puerto de Lázaro Cárdenas is fully-equipped to support industrial and commercial activities within the port. It is the only port in México with an access channel of 18 meters depth and turning basin with 16.5 meters depth. It can receive the largest vessels (to 165 thousand tons) and all types of cargo.

The estuary offers 7.6 thousand meters of access channels with depths ranging from 14.5 to 16.5 meters at average low tide. Anchorage is south of the port covering over 1,500 hectares at depths from 30 to 50 meters. The Puerto de Lázaro Cárdenas has two turning basins 700 and 500 meters in diameter with depth of 16.5 meters. The port has 21.8 meters of waterfront and 3,700 meters of wharves with depths ranging from 6 to 16.5 meters and the ability to receive vessels from 20 to 150,000 DWT.

The port contains five public terminals and four private terminals. Public terminals specialize in grain, containers, and multiple uses. Isla Cayacal covers 480,000 square meters. Private terminals handle minerals, fluids, coal, and fertilizers. The Coal Terminal covers 1.2 million square meters, and the Fluids Terminal covers 1.8 million square meters. The Fertilizers Terminal covers 1.5 million square meters. The Minerals Terminal covers 60.3 thousand square meters.

Port of Manzanillo:
The Puerto de Manzanillo covers 437 hectares, including water, docks, and storage areas. The port has 17 docks, 14 hectares of storage areas, 13.5 kilometers of railway lines, and 5.4 kilometers of roads. Most infrastructure development has focused on the Interior Port San Pedrito, with specialized terminals and facilities and with an undeveloped area reserved for future growth of the port. Private operators also have 14 terminals and a double-stack train service in the Puerto de Manzanillo.

The port’s access channel is 500 meters long and up to 14 meters deep. The northern turning basin contains three docking positions that can receive vessels to 300 meters long with 16 meters draft. The southern turning basin contains three docking positions accommodating vessels to 300 meters long with 14 meters draft.

The port has 14 privately-operated terminals and specialized facilities that handle all types of cargo. The gypsum-handling facility can load up to 2,000 tons per hour, and the facility has capacity to store 60,000 tons of gypsum. The Fishing Terminal contains freezer chambers that can store up to 3,500 tons of sea products.

The Container Terminal can serve three ships at the same time and can handle up to 120 containers per ship hour. The port has three multi-purpose terminals that handle general and containerized cargo. The facility for handling liquid bulk products can store 13,900 cubic meters of products like palm.

Port of Mazatlan:
In 2008, Puerto de Mazatlán handled over 93 million tons of foreign cargo, including about 57 million tons of imports and 36 million tons of exports. In the same year, the port handled over 163 million tons of cabotage.

The access channel to the port is 2500 meters long and 12 meters deep. The turning basin is 500 meters in diameter with a depth of 10 meters. With a total of 1426 meters of wharves, the port can support vessels to 300 meters in length. Two docks support fishing boats with 471 meters of berthing space at depths of four and eight meters. Four docks handle containers, automobiles, and passengers with berths of a total length of 826 meters and alongside depths from 8.5 to 10.5 meters. The Pemex oil company operates a 90-meter long dock with one berthing station for handling fluid cargoes, and Sematur operates a general cargo dock of 80 meters with two berthing positions.

Puerto de Mazatlán contains five warehouses covering a total of almost 15,000 square meters to store general loose goods. It also contains five open yards. Two yards of a total 26,500 square meters handle automobiles. Two consolidation yards cover a total 23,300 square meters, and a consolidation yard for general cargo and containers cover 18,000 square meters. The port also has a cold shed of 90.8 thousand square meters with capacity to store 6.3 tons of perishable cargo.

Port of Tampico:
In 2008, the Puerto de Tampico handled a total of 8.8 million tons of cargo carried on 398 commercial cargo and 284 petroleum vessels. Foreign cargo of 4.3 million tons included 2.0 million tons of imports and 2.3 million tons of exports. The Puerto de Tampico also handled 4.5 million meters of cabotage. Foreign trade included 11,100 TEUs of containerized cargo, including 5,300 TEUs of imports and 5,800 TEUs of exports. The Puerto de Tampico also handled exports of 309 automobiles.

Within the total cargo handled at the Puerto de Tampico in 2008 were 5.9 million tons of petroleum and petroleum products, 1.5 million tons of general cargo, 1.3 million tons of mineral bulk, 98,000 tons of fluids, and 61,000 tons of containers. (Puerto de Altamira handles the majority of container cargo in the area.)

The Puerto de Tampico is México’s most up-to-date seaport, considering its infrastructure and facilities. It has large, open, modern portworks and warehouses. The railway station is easily accessible to the port and waterfront. The Puerto de Tampico has the latest and best equipment for loading today’s oil tankers.

The Puerto de Tampico is protected by two breakwaters of 1340 and 1445 meters, located 300 meters apart, with a 100-meter navigation channel of 11 meters depth. The Puerto de Tampico’s access channel is 19,600 meters long, 60-100 meters wide, and from nine to 11 meters deep. The secondary ship channel at Pueblo Viejo is 2500 meters long and 60 meters wide and is three meters deep. The El Chijol secondary ship channel is 15,500 meters long and 50 meters wide with a depth of three meters.

The Puerto de Tampico offers 11 berths of a total 2146 meters in length and varying depths. The Puerto de Tampico also contains 38,700 square meters of warehouses, 6m500 square meters of shed space, and 331,700 square meters of open storage.

The Puerto de Tampico has six private terminals, two public terminals, and ten fields dedicated to constructing marine oil rigs. It is connected with over 100 countries through 20 shipping lines. Its major trade and shipping partners include the United States, Canada, Europe, Cuba, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia.

The Puerto de Tampico has three public terminals with specialized equipment to handle general cargo, containers, oversized cargo, and bulk mining and agricultural products. With a total of 2141 meters in 11 dock positions with alongside depths ranging from 10.7 to 11.3 meters. The public terminals at the Puerto de Tampico are served by double-railway allowing for direct loading and unloading and direct access to the nation’s highway network. The terminals include over 60 thousand square meters of roofed storage space.

Nuevo Laredo Inland Port:
Nuevo Laredo inland Port (along with Laredo, TX) is the most important trade border crossing of Latin America (approximately 8,500 trucks cross the border each day). Its geographical position has enabled this city to grow and specialize in international trade and business. Nuevo Laredo has a well developed logistics and transportation industry, complemented with a variety of hotel chains, restaurants and cultural center where events such as the Tamaulipas International Festival take place.

Nuevo Laredo is located on the primary trade route connecting Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. Both Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, TX are now the gateway to Mexico's burgeoning industrial complex, offering diverse markets, business opportunities and profit potential, which both business and industry cannot find anywhere else. Nuevo Laredo is the only Mexico/U.S. border city strategically positioned at the convergence of all land transportation systems. The main highway and railroad leading from Central Mexico through Mexico City, Saltillo and Monterrey to join with two major U.S. rail lines at Nuevo Laredo and 1 major U.S. Interstate Highway, thus offering fast access to the most important metropolitan areas and seaports of Texas, as well as northern states and Canada. For more than a decade, Mexico's economic policies have greatly increased Mexico/U.S. trade and cross-border production in the Nuevo Laredo area. Seventy percent of all Mexican exports to the United States are exported through Nuevo Laredo. Nuevo Laredo is considered to be the largest inland port in Latin America.

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Juan Carlos has worked with large companies exporting products such as Mineral Waters and Soft Drinks, Seamless Steel Pipes, Ferrous and Non-ferrous metals, etc. He has a Bachelor´s Degree in Int'l Business and Master Degree in Business Administration.

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