"There are many opportunities for the chemical industry to support the development of better communication and efficiency across borders, fostering common regional interest."

Humberto Siller

CEO, LOGISTICA INTEGRAL EN TRANSPORTACIÓN

March 27, 2024

Can you update us on your recent operations?

Logistica Integral en Transportación (LIT GROUP) has had a solid year, developing more Rail Cargo Terminals infrastructure for our clients. This includes new rail tracks, more warehouse space, transloading equipment, and transportation equipment. Our company not only has rail cargo terminals in Mexico, we also offer complete logistic for the entire supply chain, as 4PL company for petrochemicals and plastic resin industry.

We offer complete rail services for our clients, delivering their products and raw materials throughout Mexico. LIT GROUP has a philosophy oriented around continues improvement, involving constant monitoring and information. Or real-time monitoring allows customers to keep track of the inventories of their operations, in line with the larger trend towards digitalization that is sweeping the industry.

What do you see as the most significant challenges facing logistics for chemicals?

Unfortunately, communication routes between the US and Mexico are inefficient because Mexico has not modernized communication routes from production centers to the main borders. Additionally, it is challenging because most of the trade between the US and Mexico is concentrated at a few border crossing points. There are many opportunities for the chemical industry to support the development of better communication and efficiency across borders, fostering common regional interest. 

What can industry groups do?

The USMCA gives us the platform and the international trade structure to be more efficient. However, certain issues do not apply to the USMCA because the parties have not reached an agreement. It is essential that the chemical industry and logistics providers participate more on these issues. 

Where in Mexico do you see the greatest opportunities?

Border cities continue to have serious safety problems, but the northern states will benefit from nearshoring. States such as Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Sonora, and Baja California, are the states in the north of Mexico as well as San Luis Potosí, Queretaro, Aguascalientes, and Guanajuato for the center. From my point of view, those areas are where nearshoring is focused and where there are significant opportunities and challenges for logistics and transit companies. 

How can Mexico develop better infrastructure?

Mexico government has big challenges in improving education, safety, health systems and developing a better administration of resources. Some of the big investments made in this administration could have been made for public or private companies.  The government must focus on and invest in the necessary communications infrastructure for the country, including airports, highways and seaports. It is not that difficult if the Mexican government collaborates with the private sector. Mexico does not have the funds to make the necessary investments, and those investments must be made soon, so it is crucial that we establish functional public-private investment for long terms. 

How does GRUPO LIT ensure safety of goods in transport?

Our group of companies continues to take steps forward, and we are proud to be carrying out, in a safe way, approximately an average or 8,000 full truck load annual deliveries to our customers. For this year, we did not experience any theft of merchandise in transit, and in 2022 we did not have a single robbery. GRUPO LIT carries out intensive investigations in areas such as personnel selection for truck operators, ensuring reliable employees. Additionally, we have developed one of the largest and most effective monitoring centers for transportation companies in Mexico, which includes GPS tracking licenses, developing a concept called “Virtual Traffic Control”. We also have regulations ensuring that transport cannot be stopped in unauthorized places. 

What differentiates GRUPO LIT?

One of the main advantages of GRUPO LIT is that we are a Mexican company offering multi-modal logistics services in Mexico at international standards-level. We have local and deep knowledge of the areas we cover, and our mission is to exceed the expectations of our clients. We focus on always increasing the gap between us and our competitors. The fact that we are part of a larger group of companies allows us to develop sufficient infrastructure and investment to keep at the cutting edge in logistics services. Our goals for next year are to continue our growth, continue with digitization of information, and improve reliability in service. 

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