New and old challenges dog fast-growing Mexican shipping
The outlook for the container shipping industry in Mexico is much like that of the country itself: rising growth dogged by deep challenges with new ones on the horizon. There are signs, however, that the industry will soon break through to its full potential. The advancing peak season, with imports from Asia up 11 percent, will test Mexican ports, marine terminals, and inland networks, just as the government is working to position Mexico as a leading logistical player able to leverage its role as manufacturing supplier to the hemisphere. And the challenge will likely serve as a warning of tightening truck capacity, forcing Mexican shippers to work more closely with their carriers, improve their treatment of drivers, prepare for higher rates, and seek alternative plans in case their existing plans go awry.
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