NUEVO LEON – During the start of work on the expansion of the Port Colombia toll booths, the governor of Nuevo Leon, Samuel Garcia, said that this junction has become an epicentre for nearshoring and foreign trade in Mexico.
“We are very happy, we are in a hurry, we are in a turbo rush, we are starting up six new roads that are going to make this the most important customs office in Mexico,” said the Governor of Nuevo León when inaugurating the entrance and exit arches of Puerto Colombia.
García Sepúlveda said that the expansion works are a reflection of innovation and the importance of foreign trade.
“With data from the year 2023, we already have the methodology to ensure that of the ‘nearshoring’ that comes from the world to Mexico, 76% is coming to Nuevo Leon, and recently they also shared with us the information of the ‘nearshoring’ that is coming to Latin America, I mean from Mexico to Argentina, Mexico is the big winner, it is taking almost 56% of the ‘nearshoring’, so if we do an arithmetic calculation, Nuevo Leon alone, is bringing almost half of the global ‘nearshoring’,” he said.
As a fact, he explained that every week two companies are inaugurated in the state and mentioned the cases of Tesla, Quanta, KIA, among others, which have bet to have a presence in the state.
The governor highlighted that the expansion of the toll booths at the Puerto Colombia crossing will increase from seven to 13, which will further strengthen ties with Texas, as a trading partner and with the entire United States, and thus position Customs as the first nationally.
García Sepúlveda was accompanied by Víctor Treviño, Mayor of Laredo, Texas, as a special guest, as well as Marco González, Secretary of Regional and Agricultural Development and Head of Puerto Colombia, and Hernán Villarreal Rodríguez, Secretary of Mobility and Urban Planning of the Government of Nuevo León, in addition to senior officials of the Texas government.
“This is just the beginning; in five years this land that we see here is going to increase the number of crossings fivefold, from 3,000 to 12 or 14,000 crossings,” said García Sepúlveda.
Also present at the activity were Captain Jesús Hernández, deputy director of Surveillance and Control of Colombian Customs, as well as Juan Carlos Mendoza Sánchez, Consul General of Mexico in Laredo, Texas.