Nearly 50,000 cars from Chinese companies are stranded in Mazatlán

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In several areas in the south of the city, thousands of Chinese cars are waiting in the open air to be sold in the country

South of Mazatlán, thousands of cars and trucks from China are stored in open spaces, waiting to be taken to different parts of the country for sale.

However, these units have been outdoors for months, giving a panorama of abandonment, even that of a “scrap cemetery.”

The Asian market is the predominant one among the brands of motor vehicles that generate the largest operations of imported vehicles in Mazatlán.

General Motors, Baic Motor, Nissan, Kia Mexico, Suzuki, Hyundai and Chirey are the brands that import their vehicles through the Mazatlan port.

The latter began landing operations in March 2023, a Chinese brand that promises sophisticated and high-quality cars.

Chirey’s initial project is 48 thousand units that will flow through Mazatlán, which represents a strong monetary investment.

The brand has a presence in the country with more than 42 distributors in the main cities, in Sinaloa in Culiacán, Mazatlán and Los Mochis.

The port is the second vehicle operator in the Mexican Pacific, after Lázaro Cárdenas, in Michoacan; the Asian brand seeks to cover the northern and northwestern region of the country through the port and connect by rail to the northern zone, central zone and El Bajío.

The background

In 2023, Mazatlán positioned itself as the second busiest port in the Mexican Pacific in the import of Chinese cars, with a total of 150 thousand units, which represents an increase of one thousand percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

Brands such as Chirey, Changan, MG, Jac and Saic Motors found in the port the ideal place to unload their cars and from here transport them to other national and international points.

This has also brought many benefits in terms of employment, since around 600 people are employed, both men and women, if we take into account that ships arrive every day.

This year has been the year in which the most cars have been moved in the entire history of the port, since according to records in 2017 more than 80 thousand units arrived, but now that number has almost doubled.

In Mexico, approximately 1.3 million imported vehicles are moved per year, operations that are led by Lázaro Cárdenas, followed by Mazatlán and, to a lesser extent, Veracruz, Tuxpan and Manzanillo.

It is expected that this year the figure will increase by 50 percent, so the port will not only depend on tourist activities, but also on maritime cargo activity, which for many years remained relegated.

Source: elsoldemazatlan