The Administración Portuaria Integral (API) de Tuxpan is the port authority responsible for managing the Puerto de Tuxpan. API Tuxpan is a state-owned company financed and regulated by the federal government. The Puerto de Tuxpan is a commercial and oil port, and API Tuxpan aims to offer safe and efficient services to their customers and support the community while being environmentally responsible. In the long run, the Puerto de Tuxpan hopes to be an outstanding tourism destination on the Gulf of México and a vital seaport for the handling of containers, automobiles, petroleum, and bulk mineral and agricultural products.
In 2007, the Puerto de Tuxpan was visited by 457 vessels, including 115 commercial cargo and 342 petroleum vessels. The Puerto de Tuxpan handled a total of 10.3 million tons of cargo, including 7.9 million tons of imports, 2.5 thousand tons of exports, and 2.4 million tons of cabotage.
Of the 10.3 million tons of cargo passing through the Puerto de Tuxpan in 2007, the vast majority was petroleum and petroleum products (9.1 million tons). Other cargoes included agricultural bulk (686.1 thousand tons), fluids (203.6 thousand tons), mineral bulk (179.2 thousand tons), and loose general cargo (98.9 thousand tons). The Puerto de Tuxpan handled 27 TEUs of containerized cargo in 2007, including 24 TEUs of imports and 3 TEUs of cabotage.
The Puerto de Tuxpan is a river-sea port containing private terminals that compete with each other, resulting in high productivity and low costs as well as safe handling of goods. It is in an excellent strategic location and has modern, effective infrastructure and services to link México’s central highlands and the valley of México (the largest consumers and producers in the country).
The Puerto de Tuxpan’s major trading partners include (in this order of importance) the United States, Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Trinidad y Tobago, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, the east coast of Africa, France, Germany, and Spain as well as a host of other international ports.
The main access channel to the Puerto de Tuxpan is 2200 meters long and 12 meters deep with a width of 150 meters. The turning basin is 11.5 meters deep, measuring 400 meters by 270 meters. The Puerto de Tuxpan’s infrastructure includes two warehouses. The transit warehouse covers 3.6 thousand square meters and has capacity for 8 thousand tons of cargo. The second, for general cargo, covers 6 thousand square meters and has capacity for 25 thousand tons of cargo. It also contains 90 thousand square meters of yards for cargo trailers, other vehicles, and services for the port terminals.
Marítima PEMEX Refinación, Petroquímica Escolín, receives, handles, and stores oil products. ExxonMóbil México operates a terminal that receives petrochemical products for the automobile industry. Feno Resinas receives petrochemical products at their terminal. SWECOMEX and Construcciones y Equipos Latinoamericanos operate terminals specializing in the construction and repair of oil platforms and the handling of drilling equipment cargo for the oil industry. Smart Pass handles a variety of petrochemical products.
The Terminal Marítima de Tuxpan operates a terminal handling general and bulk cargo. Compañía Terminal de Tuxpan operates a terminal receiving, handling, and storing agricultural and mineral bulk cargoes. The Termínales Marítimas Transunisa receives, handles, and stores general, heavy, and all types of bulk cargoes. Transferencias Graneleras specializes in bulk agricultural products.
The Puerto de Tuxpan’s marine terminal is operated by Desguaces Metálicos y Relaminables who offer marine services, metal-mechanic construction, and marine repairs.