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Without blockades, port of Lázaro Cárdenas expects to close 2022 with growth

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

LÁZARO CÁRDENAS, MICH.- After almost a year without blockades, the port of Lázaro Cárdenas plans to close this 2022 with double-digit growth, driven by the movement of containers, automobiles and minerals, also due to the synergy with different authorities, been able to prevent the closure of the railways by applying the rule of law.

“The rule of law is being applied, the social causes that had originated these demonstrations are being addressed. The government has been very emphatic and guaranteed free transit,” Jorge Luis Cruz Ballado, general director of the National Port System Administration (Asipona) Lázaro Cárdenas, told T21.

He assured that social problems are currently addressed by the state administration and, through the Lazaro Cardenas Port Community promotion subcommittee, various business meetings and promotion of the port are held to regain customer confidence.

Only so far this year, he commented, there have been five international transits through the railway, which arrive from Asia and are transferred in unitary trains from the port to the United States, "we have transferred these trains without any interruption, They are a sign that we have regained the trust, control and support of the state and federal government.”

It should be noted that next October 31 marks the first year without closures of the railway tracks after five continuous years of blockades, acts that not only affected the port, Michoacán, generated losses of 2 thousand 400 million pesos in 2021 , but also impacted the image of the country.

"This is cheap against the loss of trust and credibility, because the clients who have already left as it is costing us to make them return to this port and to the country, it is not only Michoacán, but the image of Mexico is involved," said.

The impact of lockdowns

Ana Laura López Bautista, General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine, of the Secretary of the Navy, specified that during 2020 Lázaro Cárdenas was the 23rd port in the world, above Manzanillo and Altamira, however in 2021 it fell to position 109 in the 2021 World Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) prepared by the World Bank.

“Disappointing, but we have to understand what happened to the connectivity of Lázaro Cárdenas, where was the failure of intermodality, what caused this port to fall in the ranking. What we already know happened, various social problems, problems unrelated to our sector affected the logistics chain of the region”, he explained.

He recalled that last year, the port's access and exit roads were blocked for 111 days, 30% of the total for 2021, while 250 road and toll booth obstructions were recorded.

the rebound

However, a few days after completing a year without blockades, Jorge Luis Cruz Ballado estimated a movement of 2 million TEUs (20-foot containers) by the end of 2022, a record figure for this infrastructure, due to the double-digit growth that have registered with respect to 2021, but also reached the levels of 2019, “we are even up in containers”.

“Today we have another narrative, come to Lázaro, it is a reliable port, we attend to them, we see their needs, we make suits tailored to the client and we see how we can solve their problems,” he said.

Similarly, Rubén Medina González mentioned that the state government will work to improve the services and infrastructure of the city of Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as create a safe logistics route from the port to Guanajuato, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Ciudad of Mexico “where the loads go”. Even this Monday they will announce an important investment to reactivate the airport.

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