IMT to Build Center for Transport and Logistics InnovationBy Pamela Benítez | Thu, 10/28/2021 - 10:48
The Mexican Transport Institute (IMT) plans to develop an intelligence national center for transport and logistics innovation to digitize data from Mexico’s logistics hubs, making the country’s supply chains more competitive.
The intelligence national center aims to encourage the digitization of Mexico’s logistics operations while improving the infrastructure’s design, maintenance and operations. These changes will facilitate the information from logistics hubs to monitor supply chain bottlenecks and the fluidity performance of cargo movements, allowing measures to reduce delay impacts to be prepared beforehand. The IMT also expects to promote collaborative work within different federal dependencies to make logistics operations more effective.
A pilot of this program was conducted in Veracruz by the institute’s authorities. According to Gastón Cedillo, Technical Manager, National Laboratory of Transport and Logistics Systems of the IMT, the initiative has the potential to make the supply chains more competitive.
"We have conducted pilot testing in the port of Veracruz, where we realized the immense potential behind being able to identify where barriers to fluidity are located. With improvement strategies, we can streamline the movement of goods and make the supply chains that circulate over that territory more competitive," said Cedillo.
The pilot testing was conducted in collaboration with the National Chamber of Freight Transportation (Canacar), who facilitated data obtained from GPS movements from the vehicles in the area. This information allowed the institute to identify where the transit-time reliability problems were being triggered, making possible data classification by hour, day and season. The analysis will help IMT foresee and identify supply chain bottlenecks within an exact hour.
In addition, Cedillo announced that the IMT is planning to make use of the Logistics Platform National System created in 2013 since this system allowed the creation of 85 different logistics platforms focused on multiple industries in Mexico’s main production and consumption hubs.
The Logistics Platform National System allowed the federal government to identify where are the consumption hubs and what is being produced in the country. The project also facilitated information to the authorities about the available logistics infrastructure and how the goods are transported across Mexico.
The federal government developed multiple logistics projects that derived from the opportunities created by the Logistics Platform National System, like the air cargo center near the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA), the logistics activities zone in the port of Veracruz, the creation of an agro-logistic center in Colima and the reconversion of the Guadalajara supply center in Jalisco into a food logistics center.
The air cargo center near the archaeological ruins of Chichen Itza and the port of logistics activities zone in Yucatan’s Progreso port are also projects that derived from the Logistics Platform National System.
IMT also announced its work with the Texas A&M University, through which both entities seek to coordinate efforts to create a binational alliance of logistics clusters to boost prosperity in Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Saltillo and Laredo. The Bajio region has shown its support of this initiative by participating in the Logistics Cluster of San Luis Potosi, the Logistics Innovation Cluster of Queretaro (CILQRO) and the Logistics and Mobility Cluster of Guanajuato.