Mexican officials recently launched a monthly trucking industry report aimed at increasing transparency and providing vital data, said Julio Santaella, president of Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

The new “Administrative Registry of the Automotive Industry of Heavy Vehicles” will contain monthly data from trucking companies in Mexico, including information such as wholesale and retail sales, import and export figures, as well as monthly production totals.

“This will allow the sharing of information about the production and marketing of new heavy-duty vehicles, adding to the data on passenger vehicles that is already being provided by INEGI,” Santaella said during a videoconference Monday. “It will give a complete overview of the country’s total automotive industry and will support users from the public, private and academic spheres.”

Santaella said the new report is a collaboration among the Mexican government and Mexico’s National Association of Producers of Buses, Trucks and Tractor-trucks (ANPACT), as well as the Mexican Association of Automotive Dealers (AMDA).

The first report was unveiled during the press conference, highlighting data from nine trucking companies and 13 brands affiliated with ANPACT.

Trucking companies participating in the new monthly report include Daimler Trucks Mexico, Mercedes-Benz, Hino Motors, Isuzu México, Kenworth Mexicana, Volvo Mexico, Volkswagen, Man Truck and Bus México, Navistar México, Scania Mexico and Dina Trucks.

“Without a doubt, the automotive production is an engine of Mexico, and because of that it is necessary that media, academics, public officials, and people, in general, have the tools to know our industry in-depth,” said Miguel Elizalde, president of ANPACT. “Having more and more important and relevant information allows one to analyze the Mexican and global economy.”

Currently, 97% of trucks exported from Mexico are shipped to the United States, with Colombia (1.6%) and Peru (0.4%) coming in second and third.

Retail sales of trucks totaled 2,183 in June, down 46% compared to the same period in June 2019, according to the new report. 

Kenworth Mexicana, which has an assembly plant in the Mexican city of Mexicali, sold the most trucks in the retail market during June, totaling 578. Coming in second and third were Freightliner at 529 and Navistar at 512. 

Freightliner led the way in production and exports for June, producing 6,462 trucks and exporting 5,994. Coming in second was Navistar, producing 4,071 and exporting 3,591 trucks.

Freightliner has assembly plants in the Mexican cities of Saltillo and Santiago. Navistar International has an assembly complex in the Mexican city of Escobedo.

The new report will be published around the 13th of each month, Santaella said. 

Elizalde added that Mexico’s trucking industry is one of the key industries in the country, both domestically and internationally.

“Our vehicles not only transport water, medicines, food or people, they transport more than 56% of the load and more than 41% of the workers to their jobs,” Elizalde said.

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