The Mexican port of Lázaro Cárdenas has handled its first ever consignment of Ford vehicles for export, which were despatched to Portland, in the US. The 68 Ford Fiesta vehicles were transported aboard NYK’s Hyperion Leader.

The cars were built at the Ford plant at Cuautitlán Izcalli, in Mexico State, where a spokesperson noted that the service offered by Lázaro Cárdenas had been "efficient”. Indeed, the port has seen a 21% increase overall in the number of finished vehicles handled in the first three quarters, amounting to 265,000 units.

The port remains the leading facility on Mexico's Pacific coast for import-export traffic in finished vehicles, handling trade to and from Asia, South America and the US. Ford has so far not revealed how many vehicles it plans to export from Lázaro Cárdenas.

According to the port authority, “Ford and other automotive brands have placed their trust in the distribution of their vehicles because of the commercial advantages which the port offers, strengthening automotive exports that [in turn] help Mexico to continue being one of the most active countries worldwide [in this market].”