In recent years we have seen impressive changes in our environment that have made Logistics and Foreign Trade evolve much faster; forcing companies to adapt to new forms of consumption and market needs.

The trends in logistics for the year 2022 can be a great opportunity for those agents of the supply chain and companies in general, who want to innovate and adapt to what is coming for this new year.

Capacity crisis

Right now, there is too much demand and too little capacity, a crisis that has been deepening for years and has only been exacerbated by growth in shipping volumes due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take time for the capacity to reach the demand and this can be seen from the producers of raw materials, saturation in ports around the world that make the product more expensive which has caused the globally high inflation forecast for the 2022.

Mergers and acquisitions.

Shipping companies and clients alike are investing in their companies’ equipment and reach through mergers and new acquisitions, expanding vertically and horizontally. Currently, the value of the transaction increased 86% year-over-year in the first half of 2021; A clear example is the acquisition of Senator International by Maersk, a German freight forwarder that together will have greater scope in the logistics services that they offer to their clients in all modes of transport.

As there is greater demand, companies seek to meet the demand needs with more transportation and production equipment or alliances between companies that make the acquisition of their services by their clients more effective and cover all the demand that exists today.

Increase in infrastructure investment

Given the new need for demand, the urgency of new ships, new trains, new planes and ports is a priority for governments and companies. That is why the acquisitions of new fleets and investment in infrastructure is a priority for companies although the shortage of new equipment and materials is a reality, so reaching those acquisitions of fleets and infrastructure in general will take time to catch up with. what is needed in the market.

Now, the new trends have brought with them smart ports which are booming and there are more and more industrial advances in ships and machinery. This is highly linked to the new regulations on caring for the environment and green logistics that are being targeted. This will make it easier to make logistics processes less robust in ports.

Outlook for Mexico in its foreign trade operations.

Foreign trade is a main activity for Mexico and products made in the national territory are qualified to export and reach the most demanding markets. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance to promote foreign trade and to be able to analyze what awaits us for this 2022.

Saldaña Brito reported that exports will remain constant during 2022. “Exports are the first great engine of the Mexican economy and its recovery. And for 2022 the same rate is expected for Mexican exports, which will have a healthy rate ”reported Saldaña Brito.

As we know, most of the exports go to Mexico’s neighbor, the United States, which is the main buyer of Mexican products. And although exports will be healthy and constant according to the forecasts, the alerts continue to sound since the inflation forecast for the United States is well above what has been handled in recent years, which will directly affect the Mexican economy. This adding greater uncertainty with the arrival of the new variant of COVID Ómicron which will bring some consequences for economic growth worldwide.

On the other hand, in the legal and customs aspect, we have the entry into force of several changes in Mexican trade such as the implementation of the CFDI consignment note, Changes in the manifestation of value, The National Customs Agency of Mexico will have technical autonomy , operational, administrative and management, while it will have attributions of tax and customs authority for 2022, among others.

The new year will bring important changes for the foreign trade of Mexico and the world. The important thing is to prevent changes and adapt to them before their arrival. The opportunities are reflected in the new market needs and only the companies that adapt to them and provide solutions to these changes are those that will continue in the market where they operate.