Shipping Companies Avoid Mexican Ports

Guatemalan importers and shipping companies are avoiding using Mexican cargo ports, due to increased scrutiny by customs authorities.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The problem affects mostly the ports of Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, but its effects have also been felt in other seven ports, which in total have handled 555.000 less containers per year.

"In Guatemala, importers have outlined a plan to avoid Manzanillo and Cárdenas, since Mexican authorities seized, back in 2010, 250 containers with goods coming from Asia", reported Prensalibre.com.

CMA-CGM, a French shipping company, is considering the cancellation of its cargo transhipment services due to lack of legal certainty.



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