Ford Tests Car Shipping from Guaymas Port in Mexico to Reduce Logistics Costs 

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Ford recently shipped its first batch of cars from the previously neglected Guaymas port in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. This project, if fully implemented, could significantly reduce the U.S. automaker’s logistics costs by approximately 30%, according to the state governor. 

The initial shipment included pickups and Broncos destined for Chile. This effort is part of a broader revitalization of the Guaymas port, an infrastructure initiative led by Mexico’s outgoing President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 

Previously, Ford transported its vehicles nearly 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) overland from Hermosillo to the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of Michoacán. Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo described this long-haul process as a “logistical tragedy” that can now be rectified by utilizing the Guaymas port. 

Ford executives participated in an event with state government officials, emphasizing that this marks the first time they can leverage the port following its modernization and expansion. 

Construction is underway on a parking platform at the port to facilitate larger-scale shipments. Additionally, the Guaymas port could serve as an entry point for cars into the Sonoran market and even the American market. 

Efforts to deepen the port’s waters are ongoing, allowing Guaymas to accommodate heavier ships with larger cargo loads. Governor Durazo expressed hope that before López Obrador’s term ends in October, the port will handle container ships bound for the Asian market. 

Furthermore, the Guaymas port benefits from another López Obrador-led project—the “Sonora Plan.” This plan includes a 1-gigawatt (GW) solar energy park that will power the port. The second stage of this energy park, costing approximately $840 million, is set to be inaugurated soon. 

Additionally, the Sonora Plan aims to capitalize on the state’s lithium resources, believed to be Mexico’s largest. While Mexico nationalized its lithium resources in 2022, regulatory clarity is needed for private companies to participate in exploiting this valuable resource. 

In summary, Ford’s shift to the Guaymas port aligns with the trend of “nearshoring,” where firms move operations closer to their final North American destinations. The port’s future looks promising, bolstered by renewable energy and the potential of its lithium reserves. 

Source: Yahoo News