New shipping routes highlight growing Asia-to-Mexico trade

Shipping Giants Unveil Express Routes Linking Asia and Mexico

The Rise of Asia-Mexico Trade

The global shipping landscape is witnessing a significant shift as major carriers like MSC, CMA CGM, and Cosco Shipping Lines unveil express container shipping services connecting Asian countries directly to Mexico. These new routes highlight the growing trade ties between Asia and Mexico, reflecting the changing dynamics of international commerce and the increasing importance of the Asia-Pacific region in global supply chains.

Streamlining Shipments from the Far East

CMA CGM, a French carrier, is set to launch its “M2X – Mexico Express Service” on May 13th, providing a direct connection between China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico’s western ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas. The weekly fixed-day service will be operated by eight vessels, offering a seamless link for shipments from the Far East to Mexico’s Pacific coast. This initiative aligns with market dynamics in the region, enabling faster and more efficient transportation of goods between these key trade partners.

Enhancing Network Coverage

Cosco Shipping Lines, along with its subsidiary OOCL, has introduced the Transpacific Latin Pacific 5 (TLP5) line, offering direct connections between China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico. This new service aims to enhance the company’s network coverage in emerging markets, providing comprehensive port coverage in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions. The TLP5 offers transit times of 15 and 20 days from Qingdao, China, to the ports of Ensenada and Manzanillo, Mexico, respectively, utilizing eight ships of 4,000 to 6,000 twenty-foot equivalent units.

Facilitating Trade with Mexico

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), a global shipping giant, is also joining the fray with a loop shuttle service connecting Asia to Mexico, starting on May 15th. The first voyage of MSC’s new service will be undertaken by the vessel MSC Apollo, sailing from the Port of Qingdao. This service will provide additional coverage and frequency between Asia and Mexico, complementing MSC’s existing network in the region, including the Andes, Aztec, Inca, and Santana lines.

Surging Demand for Shipments

The surge in demand for container shipments from China to Mexico is evident, with import bookings skyrocketing over the past year. Chinese direct investment in Mexico has increased by 11% year-over-year in 2023, reaching a staggering $135 billion. While the exact drivers behind this surge are not definitive, experts have speculated that factors such as nearshoring of manufacturing to Mexico, taking advantage of its proximity to the United States and lower labor costs, as well as ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China, may be contributing to the rise in shipments.

Facilitating Global Trade

These new shipping routes not only cater to the growing trade between Asia and Mexico but also facilitate the movement of goods globally. The direct connections between manufacturing hubs in Asia and the strategic location of Mexico’s Pacific ports offer logistical advantages for companies seeking efficient and cost-effective supply chain solutions. With Mexico’s strong trade ties with the United States and Canada through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), these express shipping services could potentially streamline the distribution of goods throughout North America.

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