Industrial parks in Mexico: operative and quality certifications16/03/2023
After analyzing different nearshoring vs. offshoring facts, investing in Mexico is a safe decision for foreign companies.
Many companies move operations to Mexico to take advantage of the proximity to the United States of America and the free trade agreement (USMCA). To start the production activities, they must find the right spot and establish a factory, a distribution center, or a warehouse. At this stage, knowledge about Mexico's industrial parks is crucial to develop the project optimally.
To ensure that industrial parks offer the necessary infrastructure for businesses, they must meet specific certifications. In Mexico, the AMPIP (Mexican Association of Industrial Parks) has compiled a list of these certifications to guide investors in their decision-making when considering moving their operations to the country.
The following are the certifications listed by AMPIP that investors should be aware of when evaluating industrial parks in Mexico.
1. Authorized Economic Operator Certification
Created in 2005 by the World Customs Organization to ensure global commerce and make it more agile, it guarantees foreign commerce operations are safe and reliable.
2. Safe Park Certification
This certification promotes the implementation of the primary international security standards, such as ISO 28000 (supply chain security), ISO 31000 (risk management), ISO 270001 (information security), ISO 19011 (management systems), ISPS (International Code for the Protection of Ships and Port Facilities), CTPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism), and Authorized Economic Operator.
3. Green Park Certification
It was created in 2013 by the Mexican Association of Industrial Parks to recognize industrial parks with reduced water and energy consumption and low carbon emissions.
4. Mexican Industrial Park Standard (NMX-R046-SCFI-2015)
Awarded by the Mexican Ministry of Economy, it promotes quality infrastructure. It establishes the services that industrial parks must offer their clients: water and energy supply, telecommunications services, wasted water disposal, and rainwater disposal.
An industrial park must also have acceleration or deceleration lanes for access, paved roads, concrete curbs, road lighting, street naming, green areas, and signage, among other services.
5. Intelligent Park Certification
Considering the 4.0 industry standards, the Mexican Association of Industrial Parks promotes innovation and technology in industrial parks to increase competitiveness.
6. ESG Industrial Park Certification
Promotes the ESG culture (Environment, Social, and Governance) as factors that influence the value of the enterprises by reducing long-time risks.
ESG Certification includes different requirements for industrial buildings:
- LEED Buildings: awarded by the Green Construction Council of the United States, the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design guarantees energy-saving operations in a building.
- WELL Standard: awarded by the International WELL Building Institute for improving the health and wellness of people in buildings and locations worldwide.
- B-Corp Standard: evaluates the enterprise balance between profits and the impact on workers, providers, communities, and the environment.