Federal Government establishes a collaboration that will promote sea roads

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the National Association of Private Transportation (ANTP) signed an agreement of concentration of shares to boost the merchant navy, reducing costs and time for transporting goods.

By signing this agreement, the development of new business is promoted and brings solution to connectivity problems; both on roads and railroads, stated the Secretary of Communications and Transport. Some of the benefits this will bring are: greater job opportunities, a reduction in pollutant emissions (mostly CO2), better efficiency, and less costs and security, since the cargo trucks will be transported on ships in different routes.

Mexico’s General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Navy commented that they will create new areas to handle national cargo in ports, allowing goods to be transported with greater efficiency and agility, by not mixing with those that require to undergo customs procedures.

Currently, containers traffic in cabotage represents 1% of the total. Even though there are routes in the Gulf and the Pacific, making shipping by sea a better alternative. The project of sea roads promotes the handle of cargo between national ports, integrating them into the National Transport System.

Cargo may be transported by sea instead of following its route through roads. This way it will achieve better and more efficient distribution with competitive costs. Using sea transport as part of the logistic chain of the National Transport System will allow savings derived from the reduction of costs from road maintenance. One of the first sea roads will be the route between the ports of Veracruz and Progreso in Yucatan.