Tampico’s Port Registers Cargo Recovery in AugustBy Antonio Trujillo | Tue, 10/12/2021 - 12:07
The port of Tampico in Tamaulipas has registered a 13 percent cargo increase with respect to July this year, signaling a recovery in operations plus an increase in PEMEX’s activities in the area.
The Integrated Port Administration (API) has registered a total of 670,919 metric tons of cargo movement in the port of Tampico, the busiest port in the state and one of the main ports in Mexico. These numbers represent an increased activity from PEMEX. When measured against July figures, the latest numbers signal a healthy recovery.
In fact, PEMEX was responsible for a total 386,689 tons in cargo movement, half of all operations, equivalent to a 22 percent increase with respect to July. In the past, and during the harshest months of the pandemic, the company registered 300,924 tons, after a four-month decrease that took toll on economic activities. In addition, loose cargo also registered a small increment from 150,537 tons in July to 153,782 tons in August. While agricultural cargo saw a 30 percent increase totaling 12,500 tons.
In regards to containers, which registered 5,559 tons in weight as well as only 804 units, there was a whopping 50 percent decrease. In total, the port registered during August 5.3 million tons, and 545 embarkations. Imports and exports are balanced, with a difference of half a million tons between the former and the latter. By the end of the year, the port hopes to attract 2 million tons away from the desired 7.5 million tons.
The port of Tampico is more than 460 years old, and is nowadays connected to more than 100 countries, including but not limited to Canada, the US, Cuba, Brazil, and Venezuela. With 10 patios destined to build offshore oil facilities, road connection is of utmost importance for local business and government alike. For instance, MBN reported that the Ministry of Transportation and Roads (SCT) was investing US$50 billion in road infrastructure across the country, targeting the construction of new roads and highways, including the road that runs from Ciudad Valles, in San Luis Potosí, to Tampico, as well as plans to revamp Federal Highway 180, which connects Tampico to Tuxpan, Veracruz.