Earlier this month, Japan-based Yusen Logistics opened its own import operation in Jakarta. Now the 3PL has announced the start of construction of a logistics center near Celaya, Mexico, in order to support the automotive industry. Ground was broken March 11, with Kunihiko Miyoshi, chief regional officer of Yusen Logistics’ Americas Region, in attendance.
“The automotive industry is growing at a tremendous pace in Mexico,” Miyoshi said. “In recent years, a number of major auto manufacturers invested in large assembly plants in the Bajio area. This is bringing many Tier 1 and Tier 2 auto suppliers into the region as well.”
The 53,820-square-foot warehouse is scheduled to become operational by the end of this year. Located on a 17-acre site in the Amistad Industrial Park, the facility will be one of the largest automotive clusters in Latin America. The industrialized area in the Bajio region offers access to a developed road and rail network. Additionally, the warehouse, slated to be operational by the end of 2016, will feature 10,764 square feet of office space, 10 dock doors, a large trailer yard and an ocean container depot. There is room for expansion to double the warehouse and office space and to add a cross-dock facility with 30 dock doors if needed.
Services at the facility will include just-in-time scheduling; domestic truck, rail and intermodal transportation; international freight forwarding; project cargo; import/export services; warehousing and trade compliance.