Mr. Cesar Santiago Orozco
Owner and CEO
Can you tell us about the history and ownership of FTGV in Mexico?
The company was created in 2012 by my wife, Yadira Galindo, and myself, so it is a family company. We started as freight forwarders, but we have also developed some other trade branches such as project cargo, show business cargo, fairs and exhibitions,, fine arts,, food and beverages, and sport events. We have offices in main ports and borders of the country like Veracruz, Altamira, Manzanillo, Ensenada, Cancun, and Nuevo Laredo.
There are many seaports in Mexico. Can you tell us more about the ports available and widely used for project cargoes?
Mexico has some ports available for project cargo, but the main ones are Veracruz (which is the most important, handling 28 millions tons of cargo), Altamira (for cargo coming from Europe), and Manzanillo (for cargo coming from the Far East).
Could you provide us with some examples of project cargoes that you have handled?
We have handled a cement plant/factory from Europe to Mexico, an automobile factory, and museum exhibitions among others.
There is a lot of competition in Mexico, as in many other countries, in the field of logistics. How do you make sure that you stand out? Which regions do you have the strongest sales?
Our efficiency lies in our dedication and commitment, as well as in the delivery times we offer to our clients throughout the 365 days of the year. Mexico will soon renew the foreign trade agreement with the US and Canada, which is why our strongest sales are with these countries.
Do you belong to any networks currently? Is it useful to FTGV to be part of international freight forwarding networks?
Yes, just like we belong to the Project Cargo Network, we also belong to more networks; each one focusing on different kinds of shipments, such as freight forwarding, fine arts logistics, fairs and exhibitions, etc. We think belonging to networks widens our working possibilities worldwide.
Mexico being a large country with many ports also means there is a lot of inland point logistics. Can you organise inland transport in Mexico, and are you also familiar with customs clearance? Is customs clearance in Mexico normally difficult?
Yes, we handle any domestic service to any part of the country, and we perform customs clearance on request.
Customs clearance in Mexico is not difficult as long as the final consignee has all the necessary documentation.
What plans do you have for the future, and how is the current COVID-19 situation in your country?
Our plans for the future are to keep growing our projects despite the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, which has badly hit the Mexican economy to limits still uncertain at the present time. We believe overcoming tough times can lead to new opportunities.
If people would like to get in touch with you, what is the best way for them to do that?People can get in touch with me by email and through my mobile number, which is available 24/7.