Between the United States and Mexico Weekly updates on developments are provided by Border Tracking and Trade World. This week, APMT Terminals invested $140 million to build a facility at the Mexico port; XPO boosted capacity to its Texas facility; and Jaguar Transport Holdings will run the Dallas Transload facility. In Mexico, an average of 58 cargo thefts happened each day in the second quarter.

58 cargo thefts take place daily on average in Mexico during the second quarter.

A recent analysis by Overhaul claims that during the second quarter in Mexico, building supplies and food and beverage products were the two goods that were most frequently targeted by thieves.

A supply chain visibility company in Austin, Texas, reported 5,178 cargo theft instances in the months of April, May, and June. This is a 2% growth from the first quarter and a 6% year-over-year gain compared to the same period in 2022.

Recently, it was revealed that Mexico’s central region now has the highest incidence of cargo theft (62%), compared to the northwest and western regions, which have only witnessed a 1% gain. Interestingly, thefts have increased during the evening and late-night hours, especially in the months of April, May, and June, even though criminal activity still happens during working hours. A few of these thefts happen after midnight.

The average number of cargo theft incidents in Mexico for the second quarter was 1,726, or around 58 events per day.

Comparatively, in the first half of 2023, Overhaul has documented a total of 240 cargo thefts across the United States. The three states with the highest rates of theft were Georgia, Texas, and California, where the average loss was over $360,000.

Theft of complete loads from trucks was the most frequent sort of cargo theft in Mexico during the second quarter (35%). Theft of products from trucks (31%), false pickups (23%), and facility theft (4%) are added after that. There are also truck hijackings (3%), theft from last-mile couriers (4%), and other crimes.

In the last quarter, the highest incidents of theft occurred in the following categories:

  1. Food and beverage products (30%)
  2. Building materials (12%)
  3. Home and garden supplies (7%)
  4. Metals (6%)
  5. Auto parts (4%)
  6. Alcoholic beverages (4%)
  7. Pharmaceuticals (3%)

Please note that these above percentages represent the proportion of thefts within each respective category during the mentioned quarter.

During the first and second quarters of 2023, cargo theft remained constant, but the level of violence used by offenders to accomplish these crimes has increased.

According to Mr. Overhall, the proportion of thefts involving violence stayed stable in the second quarter at 82%, echoing the ratio from the previous quarter. “Criminal organizations that specialize in cargo theft are becoming more numerous and skilled, and they are expanding their geographic operations.

The Arco Norte Highway, a network of roads in the northern suburbs of Mexico City, is one of the most hazardous routes for truck drivers in Mexico, according to the firm.

Arco North Highway was one of the top five highways with the highest theft rate recorded by Overhaul in the first half of 2023,” Overhaul said. 

At least six drivers were hurt in the robbery using Arco North, two from explosive devices and four from severe beatings. Additionally, one or more operators perished as a direct result of the active criminal organizations on this highway.

Currently, Overhaul stated that legal measures are required to address cargo theft on the roads. Supporting shippers, carriers, and other cross-border trade stakeholders is also essential.

‘The effectiveness of security measures depends on full cooperation and participation from all stakeholders involved in the supply chain, not restricted to only shipping lines, drivers, yard personnel, and cargo handling operators,’ it states generally. It requires an environment where everyone understands and upholds security measures implemented before, during, and after their route.

APM Terminals spent $140 million to upgrade infrastructure at the port in Mexico.

Recently, APM Terminals revealed plans to invest $140 million to upgrade its container terminal at Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas Port.

The first semi-automated facility in the region, according to Lazaro Cardenas of APM Terminals, this project will represent a significant advancement in Latin America and increase the region’s capacity. It will become a major hub for the American region with an additional 1 million twenty-foot equivalent units.

Certainly! A deep-water container facility called “Lazaro Cardenas Port” may be found on Mexico’s Pacific coast, some 386 miles west of Mexico City.

By the time this project is finished in 2026, the port will be able to accommodate 2.2 million TEUs per year in throughput capacity.

The expansion also includes six automated rail-mounted gantry cranes, 14 new shuttle carriers and four empty handlers. 

APM Terminals, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk, operates facilities in 65 locations around the world.

XPO has increased its capacity at the Texas facility.

The low-truckload carrier XPO recently increased the size of its Garland, Texas, service facility.

In the Dallas Metropolitan Area, XPO has expanded its facilities with 58 new dock doors. By installing 900 more doors by the first quarter of 2024, the company intends to enhance capacity across all of its service centers nationally.

More than 100 employees are currently employed at Garland Service Center. XPO hopes to hire more dockworkers and driver sales reps as part of its expansion goals. Approximately 2,300 individuals work for XPO in Texas.

One of the biggest suppliers of property-based less-than-truckload transportation services in North America is XPO (NYSE: XPO), based in Greenwich, Connecticut. With 562 sites, 37,000 employees, and over 49,000 customers, the company services them.

The Dallas Transload Facility will be run by Jaguar Transport Holdings.

Jaguar Transport Holdings has entered into an agreement with Union Pacific’s subsidiary, Loup Logistics, to operate the Dallas Transload Solution facility located southeast of downtown Dallas, near Interstate 45.

7 acres of convenience is connected to the Union Pacific Line and is equipped with three transload tracks, truck scales, covered storage areas, and other external laydown spaces.

According to a press release from Jaguar Transport, Dallas Transload, which specializes in moving steel and wood, provides rail services for clients who want to use their experience in rail transport but are constrained by the physical limitations of the railway route.

Jaguar Transport Holdings is a transportation and logistics business with headquarters in Joplin, Missouri. It runs eight minor railroads and a number of additional rail-service locations throughout the United States.

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