Veracruz stretched to over-capacity
Congestion at the Mexican Port of Veracruz has now become so bad that some consignments are being diverted to other domestic ports, claims Leobardo Saldívar, president of the National Chamber of Cargo Carriers (Canacar).
He said that the port lacks available capacity, particularly in respect of containers, with shipments therefore flowing through other ports and generating extra work for the road haulage community.
The Port of Altamira has been a particular beneficiary, where traffic has increased by 25% and is expected to continue growing given buoyant demand.
According to Mr Saldívar, Altamira is benefiting from a traffic boom that is expected to continue into the second half of the year.
He added that the situation at Veracruz is so bad that neither terminals nor customs officials have any spare capacity left to accommodate further vessel calls and that Altamira remains the main alternative.