Canadian consultant appointed to Mexican plan for $3.3bn North American logistics corridor

A Canadian consultant has been selected to work on part of a $3.3bn plan to create a logistics corridor running more than 7,000km from the Pacific coast of Mexico up through the US to the Canadian city of Winnipeg.

Engage Construction Management and Consulting has been selected for the Canadian section of the scheme, which is being developed by a Mexican conglomerate called Caxxor Group.

Founded in 2012, Engage is based in Alberta and has mainly carried out projects in the oil and gas sector.

Caxxor said it is progressing "very quickly and efficiently and only wants to ally with companies with the same dynamism".

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Corridor, also known as the Northern Corridor project or TMEC Corridor, is aimed at connecting Mexico to the rail and logistics systems of Canada and the US to cut freight costs and transport times.

Caxxor officials said the corridor would begin in Mexico at the new port at Mazatlán, on the Pacific coast, and connect to Monterrey, before crossing the US-Mexico border in Laredo, passing through Dallas, Tulsa, Chicago and ending in Winnipeg.

The project was first announced in October last year (see further reading), since when it has more than tripled in scale.

If it goes ahead, most of the construction will be in Mexico, including the new Mazatlán port, more than 300km of railways, eight logistics and industrial centres, cargo airports and highways.

There will also be at least four logistics centres between the US and Canada, including a logistics terminal in the prairie city of Winnipeg that would handle containers, automobiles, bulk commodities and petroleum products.

Image: Winnipeg: Canada’s gateway to Mexico? (Wpg guy/CC BY 3.0) 

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