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Mexican ports cargo volume fall 8.6% in first five months

The Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) reported that between January and May 2020 Mexican ports moved 2,673,788 teu, down 8.6% compared to 2,924,577 teu in the same period of 2019.

Of the total, exports took up 1,344,289 teu, a decrease of 8.9% compared to 1,475,110 teu from January to May 2019, while imports closed the current period in 1,327,316 teu, a reduction of 8.3% compared to 1,446,824 teu earlier. Empties reached 815,408 teu, a decrease of 6.6% against 873,408 teu in the same period of 2019.

On the Pacific coast ports handled 1,828,771 teu which showed a reduction of 7.2% when compared to 1,970,493 teu registered from January to May 2019.

Manzanillo cargo volume reached 1,195,638 teu (-3.8%); Lázaro Cárdenas 449,343 teu (-18.8%); Puerto Chiapas 21,192 teu (-15.3%); Mazatlán 17,249 teu (-8.4%); Guaymas 6,071 teu (-38.4%); and, Salina Cruz 1,439 teu (-10%). The only port to grow was Ensenada with 137,839 teu (+15.8%).

In the Gulf of Mexico, ports moved 845,017 teu, which pointed to an 11.4% decrease if compared to 954,084 teu in the same inter-annual period, according to the SCT. Veracruz reached 428,303 teu (-9.8%), Altamira 318,311 teu (-14.9%); Progreso 63,832 teu (-10.6%); Tuxpan 14,819 teu (-13.9%); and, Puerto Morelos 2,842 teu (-17.3%). However, Coatzacoalcos moved 11,032 teu (+24.4%); and, Tampico 5,878 teu (+38.2%).

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