Horizon Terminals have launched operations in Mexico, announcing the creation of Horizon Auto Logistics SA de CV at an event in Mexico City.
“Following a rapid expansion in the US market where Horizon Terminals now operate in Freeport, Port Everglades and Jacksonville, the expansion into Mexico is a natural step in our development,” said Per Folkesson, President of Horizon Terminal Services (pictured above with Peter Wooding and Sam Ogle of Three6Zero at right and left). ‘’With the success of the Mexican Automotive Industry and its development, we are excited to establish our presence in Mexico and are working on a number of interesting projects.”
Given the complexity and level of activities within the automotive business in Mexico, there is a need for an improved and more comprehensive supply chain concept that Horizon Auto Logistics is now offering the market.
The operations commenced in Veracruz in June, through dedicated auto facilities inside the port and the off-port facility Puente Villa Rica located 15 km inland. Services offered include vessel cargo-handling, port-yard management, vehicle services inside the port, shuttle between port and off-port facilities including full yard and vehicle processing capabilities at the off-port facility. Distribution management and plant logistics are also on the menu of services offered.
To develop this market Horizon Terminals has partnered with Fast Terminal International, in which they hold a 50% stake. Folkesson continued, “In Fast Terminal International we see a lot of similarity in our broader ambition to create a new type of customer-orientated operation focusing on innovation, transparency and seamless management of autos for both exports, imports and in general distribution. Our IT capabilities, in particular are quite different from anything seen in the market today’”.
Combined Horizon Terminal Services and Fast Terminals International control and operate 10 Auto Facilities across the Americas, offering Terminal Operations, Vessel Cargo-Handling, Yard and Plant Logistics, Vehicle Processing and Distribution Management.