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Lazaro Cardenas is a port worth watching

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
January 09, 2012

As if U.S. West Coast ports didn’t have enough to worry about, a new competitor is surfacing South of the Border to challenge them.

Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports have been taking business away from LA/Long Beach; Seattle/Tacoma; and Oakland for several years now. Analysts suggest that there is a number of reasons for this, but most center of efficiency and productivity.

Now the long-rumored development of the deepwater Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas is becoming a realty as APM Terminals – a division of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk Group – breaks ground for a new $900 million terminal.

Once completed in 2015, the port will provide shippers with a four-berth terminal linked to the Kansas City Southern Railroad.

Furthermore, like its northern neighbor, Prince Rupert, it is a foreign port that is not subject to the U.S. harbor maintenance tax.

Shippers may expect an aggressive response, however, as U.S. West Coast port leaders lobby Congress for a change in existing laws regarding cross-border movement of containers. The question remains: will this be too little too late?

About the Author

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Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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