Growing 12% container movement about 2016
During 2017, Mexican ports increased their operations by approximately 12%. The ports with the greatest movement were Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas and Ensenada.
The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) announced that during the January-September 2017 period, Mexican ports operated 4,727,984 TEUs, which reflects an increase of 12.8% according to the 4,190,464 registered in the same period last year.
According to international maritime consultants such as Drewry and Alphaliner, worldwide growth is expected to be 5.5 and 6% at the end of the year, given the results obtained in the first half of 2017, with 6.7% from January to June.In Mexico, Pacific ports handled 3,199,439 units, which means an increase of 10.2% compared to 2,902,465 in the third quarter of the previous year, according to statistics prepared by the General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine. of the SCT.The Port of Manzanillo presented an advance of 11.6% with 2,108,250 TEUs, compared to 1,889,702 in the previous period; while the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas remained practically unchanged, operating 837,025 containers in this period. The Port of Ensenada, the third port with the greatest movement, reached 166,243 TEUs, an improvement of 19.8 percent.
On the Gulf of Mexico side, 1,528,545 containers were operated, which shows an increase of 18.7% if compared to 1,287,999 reached in the January-September 2016 period.
On that coast, the Port of Veracruz advanced 17.8% with 835,413 TEUs, compared to 709023 in the previous period; while Altamira showed an increase of 17.1% with 597,165, against 510,071 in the third quarter of last year. Puerto Progreso advanced 30.7% with 65,310 units.