American Transport Line has expanded its Latin America operations and opened an office in Mexico, with plans to open another in Miami, officials said.
In a statement, Houston-based ATL said the opening of a Mexico City office follows the cancellation of a recently announced joint service with Panamanian Carriers Corp. of Panama. ATL President John Demere said in the statement that a senior management change in the Panamanian carrier left the line fearful that PCC could not properly contribute, particularly in Mexico.
''To eliminate any confusion in terms of where to book cargo, we opened at ATL office in Mexico City and decided to expand into Argentina and Brazil on our own,'' he said. ATL recently opened sales offices in Brazil and Argentina and is offering sailings every two weeks from the Port of Altamira in Mexico, Houston and New Orleans to Buenos Aires and the Brazilian ports of Rio de Janeiro, Santos and Sao Francisco do Sul.
''Our goal is to provide one-stop shopping for our customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico that export to various countries in South America,'' said Mr. Demere.
ATL offers sailings every seven days to all three Colombian Atlantic ports and weekly service to the energy-related ports of Venezuela and Trinidad. A breakbulk line, ATL also offers space for containers as well as project cargo.
The company plans to open an office in Miami to extend service to customers who ship from South Florida to South America.