Investing in Mexico
Höegh Autoliners’ Mexico City office celebrates its one year office anniversary this year! Höegh has had representation in Mexico for more than 20 years and in 2015 the Company opened two new own offices in the country.
With more than 40 Free Trade Agreements, Mexico is emerging as the sixth largest manufacturing country and a significant export hub in the world. Most global OEMs are already present here with production, and export large volumes of cargo mainly to North America, but also increasingly to other parts of the world. Also, imports are growing with niche cars and affordable models on the list. To serve the growing customer requests, Höegh decided in 2014 to invest in our own representation in the country.
Tomasz Lis is heading Höegh’s operation in Mexico, as Head of Area Latin America, and he says:
In Höegh, we set pride in that our customers should always experience local expertise with a global approach when speaking to us, and that is exactly what we have here in Mexico. Our local sales and customer service teams are reachable to our customers at all times and the operational team is fully focused on providing high quality vessel and cargo operation.
Although we have only had our own offices here for a little over a year, we have already managed to pin-point areas where our customers can save money in the logistics chain, by creating efficiencies. We have also implemented initiatives that has had positive outcome on the operational side of the business, something that is challenging in Mexico due to its capacity constraints.
Höegh Autoliners currently serves Mexico with several deep sea trades through the port of Veracruz on the Atlantic Coast. New development with the short sea adds port calls at Veracruz as well as Altamira.
"Those trades allow us to offer services to and from all continents linking Mexico with other markets both in import, as well as in export. Having in mind that Mexico has signed more than 40 Free Trade Agreements over the years, it is key for any OEM to be able to serve external markets with Mexican production," says Tomasz.
In 2015 Höegh Autoliners had on average more than five port calls per month at Mexican ports, and in where 2016 that number is expected to be exceeded.
Photo from left: Ulises Hernandez (Head of Port and Cargo Operations, Veracruz), Per Folkesson (President of Horizon Terminal Services) and Tomasz Lis (Head of Area Latin America)