CAINTRA Discusses Ways To a Faster Industry’s RecoveryBy Pamela Benítez | Mon, 01/24/2022 - 13:35
COVID-19 sanitary protocols and SMEs initiative to supply provision against transportation delays could promote a faster recovery for the logistics and manufacturing industries, revealed CAINTRA, after announcing that supply chain disruptions and truck drivers’ deficit are expected to continue throughout 1H22.
Aside from a global containers shortage and its elevated costs, Mexico and the US have now added a problem to the supply chain crisis: a deficit of truckers that transport supplies and goods, reported the Nuevo León Transformation Industry Chamber (CAINTRA).
The issue was announced by both countries during 4Q21, warning that an increase in economic damage as congested ports have low personnel to haul exported goods.
“Mexico and the US are facing a 50,000 to 80,000 truck driver shortage due to a lack of qualified truckers, road safety concerns, harsh working conditions and posing health risks, causing a drop in companies’ investments and growth plans,” reported earlier MBN.
Despite these setbacks for the logistics and manufacturing industries, which are expected to continue at least through 1H22, CAINTRA assured that it has not hindered technical operational capacity.
“The logistical problems in transporting supplies by sea are not yet over, but neither have they been a reason for the manufacturing sector to go on technical shutdowns although they have modified the industry’s work schedules,” said Rodrigo Fernández Martínez, President, CAINTRA.
To tackle the economic hit that the country is taking, CAINTRA advised Mexican small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of the “very complex and serious” drivers’ insufficiency and support the national economy through supply provision.
On the other hand, the Chamber also noted the importance of following COVID-19 sanitary protocols in industrial workplace sectors, as Mexico faces its fourth wave of infections due to the Omicron variant.
If contagions cases were to increase within factories and manufacturing companies, the situation could prevent Mexico from achieving a substantial percent increase expected for the industry.
“The new COVID-19 wave could inhibit the 5 percent growth that the manufacturing industry is hoping to achieve this year. Especially during January and February, the issue must be taken very seriously,” said Fernández.
Despite this statement, CAINTRA is confident of the private sector’s sanitary preparedness during this fourth wave compared to last year’s second spate of contagions. In addition, it advised companies to implement staggered schedules to decrease the probability of infection among workers.
However, the importance of following COVID-19 protocols should be encouraged within every sector, as experts have argued the economic importance of controlling new variants.
“The world’s economic growth can be either threatened or boosted depending on the level of control over the emergence of new COVID-19 variants, which can lead to further economic shutdowns,” wrote Iker Jiménez, Director General, GDGI, for MBN.