Port of Lázaro Cárdenas

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Port of Lázaro Cárdenas
Puerto Lázaro Cárdenas.jpg
Container ship in port.
Country Mexico
Location Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán
Coordinates 17°55′37″N 102°10′08″W / 17.927°N 102.169°W / 17.927; -102.169Coordinates: 17°55′37″N 102°10′08″W / 17.927°N 102.169°W / 17.927; -102.169
Owned by Port Authority of Lázaro Cárdenas
Type of harbor Natural/Artificial
Size of harbor 160 ha (0.62 sq mi)
Land area 25 ha (0.097 sq mi)
Size 185 ha (0.71 sq mi)
Available berths 15
Wharfs 22
Vessel arrivals 1,522 vessels (2012)[1]
Annual cargo tonnage 30,671,996 tonnes (2012) [1]
Annual container volume 1,242,777 TEU's (2012)[1]

The Port of Lázaro Cárdenas (Spanish About this sound [ˈlasaɾo ˈkardenas] ) is the largest Mexican seaport and one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean basin, with an annual traffic capacity of around 25 million tonnes of cargo and 2,200,000 TEU's.


In November 2013, the Mexican navy seized the port from criminal gangs.[2]


Lázaro Cárdenas is home to a deep-water seaport that handles container, dry bulk, and liquid cargo. The port currently has one container terminal, which handled 1.24 million TEU in 2012, and has a total capacity of 2.2 million TEU annually.[1] APMT has plans to build an additional container terminal that would bring the port's capacity to 3.4 million TEU in 2015 and 6.5 million TEU in 2020.[3] Cargo moves to and from the port by road and rail equally, with rail service provided exclusively by Kansas City Southern de México. The port is expected to become a major container facility due to congestion at the U.S. ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and its relative proximity to major cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, and Houston. In preparation for the port's increased capacity, railway and highway infrastructure running north-south through the center of Mexico has been upgraded in recent years to handle the anticipated increase in volume of goods bound for the United States using this transportation corridor.[4] If a proposed government-backed Pacific port is built at Punta Colonet, Baja California, goods flowing to U.S. states like Arizona and Nevada could bypass the congested Los Angeles region with closer access those markets, providing increased competition with Lázaro Cárdenas.[4]

Lázaro Cárdenas is the terminus of the Salamanca-Lazaro Cardenas gas pipeline.[5]


In 2012, the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas handled 30,671,996 tonnes of cargo and 1,242,777 TEU's, making the busiest cargo port in Mexico and one of the largest container ports in the country.[1]

General statistics between 2001 - 2007[6]
Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
RoRo (nr of automobiles) 0 24,923 88,669 114,276 112,457
Liquid bulk* 932,000 919,000 1,281,000 1,841,000 2,275,000
Dry bulk* 10,165,000 12,940,000 13,895,000 11,234,000 5,804,000
Break bulk* 2,910,000 2,785,000 2,587,000 2,719,000 1,809,000
Containers (TEU's) 43,445 132,479 160,696 270,240 524,791
Containers* 323,000 1,030,000 1,159,000 1,544,000 4,240,000
Total*' 14,330,000 17,674,000 18,992,000 17,693,000 20,860,647
* figures in tonnes


The port of Lázaro Cárdenas[7] has both public and private terminals specialised in:

Public terminals[7]

Private terminals[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Monthly Statistical Report, Cargo, Ships and Passengers" (PDF) (in Spanish). 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Why Mexican drug-traffickers started smuggling iron ore to China". www.economist.com. The Economist. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Competitive Factors for US Midwest Markets". 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "About the Port" (in Spanish). 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Mexico Pipelines map - Crude Oil (petroleum) pipelines - Natural Gas pipelines - Products pipelines". Theodora.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Movimiento Portuario - Historico" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b c "Terminals and Facilities". 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-29. [dead link]