Celaya to Become Mexico’s Biggest Logistics CenterBy Pamela Benítez | Tue, 10/26/2021 - 12:35
Celaya, Guanajuato, plans to become Mexico’s greatest logistics center thanks to a MX$650 million (US$32.2 million) intermodal port. The city is an economic leader in the Bajio region and an attractive investment destination for international and local shareholders.
Celaya, located in a geostrategic region in the Bajio area, holds one of the most important crossroads and highways in the north-south and east-west parts of the country. Its articulation with the Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas ports is key to transport efficiently the goods headed to the border.
The intermodal port project, named Logistics Solutions Park, aims to integrate land and rail means of transportation in the movement of cargo. Through this port, the region expects to attract more investment and strengthen Guanajuato economy by generating over 1,500 direct jobs and twice that in indirect jobs. This logistics park will occupy over 40 hectares to host the maneuvering and transshipment yards for goods and containers that will increase Celaya’s international competitiveness. The project seeks to attract Fourth Party Logistics (4PL) providers, which have a valuable role within the supply chain.
Logistics Solutions Park is one of the 13 initiatives that conform to the 2030 Celaya Vision agenda presented by Guanajuato’s governor, Diego Sinhue Vallejo. This agenda holds two additional logistics-related projects: the Ferropheric initiative and a Bajio Logistics Port called Las Vías Linear Park. The Ferropheric will seek to divert the city’s train tracks to reduce risks, traffic and delays and to improve the population’s quality of life. It is also expected to strengthen the movement of goods in the country, as it holds the crossroads between different origins and destinations in charge of Ferromex and Kansas City Southern Mexico (KCSM), which represent 45 percent of the country’s cargo total volume.
With the Ferropheric, the region’s rail operation is expected to increase from 12.5 km per hour to 60 km per hour, with an additional flow of trains per day from 35 to 40 and a growth in total cargo transit from 68.34 to 78.24 million tons per year.
The Las Vías Linear Park plans to use the unoccupied railway area that will be generated by the diversion of the train tracks to create a space for social recreation. Further logistics plans include advanced infrastructure for fertilizers, grains and frozen foods that require a controlled atmosphere and will opens the market to different industries in Celaya.