Mexico to North Europe capacity remains steady in 2017
By Kim Williams on 3 January 2018
According to BlueWater Reporting, trade between Mexico and North Europe has not changed significantly since 2016.
   Utilizing the BlueWater Reporting Carrier/Trade Route Deployment Report, the chart above displays the estimated allocated capacity between Mexico and North Europe for the reporting periods of December 2016 through November 2017. Capacity is measured in TEUs. 
   As described in Eva Matthews’ November 30 commentary, rapid growth in automotive manufacturing may have significantly influenced the flow of boxes between the regions. Capacity from Mexico to Europe, however, has largely remained steady year-over-year, decreasing by only 11 TEUs from December 2016 to November 2017. 
   According to the data, estimated weekly allocated capacity peaked in April 2017 for both east and westbound trades. Volumes from Mexico to Europe decreased sharply in August 2017, and continued to decline through November, while Europe to Mexico capacity showed a much slighter decline. Europe's outbound capacity saw a total increase of 15.8 percent from December 2016 to November 2017. Throughout the year, Mexico's outbound capacity averages about 2,700 TEUs under North Europe.