Marfret appoints Transpac as agent in Mexico

From July, Marfret will be providing a weekly service to Mexico via its new, revamped MedCar line. True to its values of independence, the company has chosen the family-owned Transpac as its ships’ agent and country-wide sales agent. An interview with sales  manager Andrès Echeverria, who

An independent group, Transpac has more than one string to its bow, since it is a ships’ agent, broker, freight forwarder and customs clearance specialist.

Transpac has announced that a dedicated team is being formed to better serve Marfret’s interests. “We are recruiting four people. We’re providing Marfret with our operational and sales know-how in the country,” says the Transpac sales manager, who also represents the second generation in the family-run company.

With its 80 employees located in various offices including Mexico City and  Veracruz, Transpac also provides inland transport services by rail and road.

Since the trade agreement signed between the European Union and Mexico in 2000, commercial exchanges have increased 8% per year, 148% over the period to date. The European Union today is Mexico’s third-largest trading partner after the United States and China and trade is expected to increase even further with a new agreement under discussion since 2018.

“Mexico exports avocado, lemons, beer, tequila, fish… On the import side, it brings in car parts and wine. Italy and Spain are very dynamic markets that import large quantities of fruit,” explains Echeverria.

Transpac was founded in 1975, almost by chance. “My parents are from Chile and in 1970 they decided to visit Mexico. They fell in love with the country. My father worked for a shipping firm for five years before starting his own company.”

Transpac is a BIMCO (Baltic and International Maritime Council) member since 1976 and is also part of the Association of Mexican Shipping Agents (AMANAC).

Photo: Andrès Echeverria represents the second generation of the family-owned Transpac company, Marfret’s ships’ agent and sales agent in Mexico. ©econostrum.info

 

 

 

Marfret adds 400 new reefer units to its container fleet.

The boxes, fresh from the Qingdao (China) plants, will complete the company’s refrigerated fleet, which will then number 3700 units. Some are equipped with Maersk Starcool® controlled atmosphere technology that extend the shelf life of fruits, including the most sensitive ones such as avocado, while preserving their nutritional and taste qualities.

With this new investment, Marfret confirms its desire to continue to develop its expertise in temperature-controlled freight transport for the benefit of its customers on all its shipping lines.

 

 

A Va’a in Marfret’s colours in New Caledonian waters

A Va’a in Marfret’s colours in New Caledonian waters

The 9th edition of the Te Aito Taratoni took place on May 11th. The Va’as, also known as Polynesian Canoes, or Tahitian Pirogues, competed against each other on the turquoise waters of the Caledonian Lagoon punctuated throughout the day by various events.

Ever since the inaugural event Marfret has sponsored the Club des Piroguiers du Mont Dore, who are the organisers of the Caledonian Te Aito, by transporting equipment free of charge from Tahiti to Noumea on its NASP line container vessels.

Nicholas Dabin, President of the club, said “The support provided by Marfret helps to increase the reputation of our competition across the Pacific region and to acquire the best available equipment from Tahitian manufacturers, which contributes to improving the performance levels of our New Caledonian pirogues

The Te Aito Taratoni is an increasingly popular and successful event and this year, on May 11th, no less than 150 rowers from New Caledonia (of course), Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand were competing.

This competition is one part of the Te Aito Pacific Tour which will take in events in Australia and New Zealand prior to the big finale race in Tahiti in July.