Advantages of Industrial Parks

In Mexico, an industrial park is a delimited area of land that meets the following main criteria:

  1. It is settled on private land and has the required permissions for the operation of industrial plants and distribution centers.
  2. It has urban infrastructure, as well as water and electricity, telecommunications and with options of natural gas, rail, water treatment plant, fire station and other additional services.
  3. It operates under by-laws and has an Administration that coordinates the security, the good functioning of the infrastructure, the promotion of the buildings and the general management of procedures and permits with government authorities.

Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks

Since 1999 and with the validation of the Federal Secretary of Economy, AMPIP actively promotes the certification of industrial real estate developments under the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks NMX-R-046-SCFI-2011. This standard provides evidence on the compliance of permits and regulations, on the availability of public services and on the quality of utilities and urban design of land for industrial operations. Therefore, a certified industrial park guaranties certainty, by ensuring optimal conditions for tenants.

The standard is revised and updated every five years. The new 2011 version aligns the criteria of compliance with other Mexican official standards related to electrical installations, energy efficiency in roadway lighting, and environmental regulations for sewage discharge and drainage networks. It also specifies the requirement of environmental impact, adding an appendix with applicable requirements to obtain the "Clean Industrial Park Recognition" issued by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).

Some municipalities have recognized the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks as a reference for urban planning issues and incentives, like in Mexicali and Tecate, Baja California and the City of San Luis Potosi. More and more authorities are now convinced about the impact of industrial parks on the economy, as they have represent an important determinant for the location decision on foreign direct investment projects. For the community, besides creating new jobs, certified industrial parks preserve the ecology, by having a rational consumption of electricity and water. In addition, they can be an integral solution for the urban plans of cities. They also increase tax revenues and raise the living standard of the people where they are established.


How to be certified?

It is necessary to contact a Verification Unit (UV) accredited by the Mexican Accreditation Agency (EMA), to make an audit for the compliance of criteria under the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks, NMX-R-046-SCFI-2011. The only UV registered for that purpose is the firm CIEN Consultores, which in alliance with AMPIP, promotes the quality of infrastructure within industrial parks in Mexico.

The first step to obtain the certification is the formal request of a "verification service".

For more information:

Email: ampip@ampip.mx
Ph: +52 (55) 2623-2216 Ext. 13

Sustaintability

To achieve the mission of promoting the development of competitive and sustainable industrial parks, AMPIP encourages the implementation of best practices for environmental protection. The goal is to deliver appropriate spaces for companies operating within industrial parks, which can help them to be more efficient on their businesses.

Sustainability Committee

President
Adriana Martínez Saucedo
Urban Management and Projects Coordinator
IAMSA, Mexicali, BC


Green Industrial Park

As a first action to promote the protection of the environment, in 2013, AMPIP established the "Green Industrial Park Recognition" (PIV), based on specific criteria to distinguish those developments that have taken actions to reduce water consumption, energy and pollutants emissions to the environment. Candidates should also prove the compliance of current standards in these areas and provide evidences of commitment for Continuous Improvement through either training, process optimization, substitution of obsolete equipment or any similar action.

Thus, a Green Industrial Park is a development: a) with actions in energy, water and environmental protection that comply with minimum parameters or above the ones established in the Mexican or international valid regulations; and b) that follows permanent and verifiable actions for the improvement of processes, equipment and systems, with a positive impact in the preservation of natural resources and environmental protection.

In June 2013, AMPIP granted the first Green Industrial Park Recognition (PIV) to FINSA Iztapalapa Industrial Park

In March 2015, AMPIP granted the second PIV Recognition to Vie Verte Industrial Park

In June 2015, AMPIP granted the third PIV Recognition to Intermex Carolina Industrial Park


Sustainable Industrial Park

AMPIP provides to its members the "Recognition of Sustainable Industrial Park" (PIS), which has a broader scope than the Green Park Recognition because it considers three kind of accomplishments:

  1. The Green Industrial Park Recognition issued by AMPIP.
  2. The certification under the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks, NMX-R-046-SCFI-2011, validated by the Secretary of Economy.
  3. The Environmental Quality Standard, issued by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA)

In June 2013, AMPIP granted the first Recognition of Sustainable Industrial Park Recognition to FINSA Iztapalapa Industrial Park

Logistics

To promote the development of competitive and sustainable industrial parks, AMPIP encourage actions related to logistics in industrial parks, according to market trends.

Among these actions are:

  1. Monitoring of the strategic bonded warehouses (RFE) legal status in Mexico before new scenarios resulted from amendments to the Customs Act in 2014. According to new regulations, RFEs are no longer obliged to host a customs office on promises, if the RFE is located in the constituency of a customs office and meets the tax authorities (SAT) requirements to ensure the fiscal interest.
  2. Creation of the NEEC certification (New Scheme of Certified Company) for industrial Parks and RFEs, in collaboration with the Latin American, Spain and the Caribbean Confederation for Economic Authorized Operators (COEALAC) and the Tax Authority in Mexico (SAT).
  3. Participation of AMPIP in tasks groups for the implementation of the National System of Logistics Platforms of Mexico (SNPL-Mex), under the leadership of the Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the Secretary of Economy (SE). The goal is to identify a set of Strategic Logistics Nodes (NLE) nationwide and to recommend different types of logistics platforms for each of these NLE, establishing alternative management models and formulating bases for public policies to foster their development. With this program, the federal government seeks to modernize the production of transport and logistics services in Mexico.

Logistics Committee

President
José Luis Contreras
Executive Director
WTC Industrial, San Luis Potosí

Security

In response to new global trends, AMPIP promotes a culture in security through the implementation of best international standards that allow tenants in industrial parks to operate in order and peace. The goal is to create an integrated security network that can protect their people and assets, while ensuring the continuity of their business before potential threats.

Best practices include physical and property security standardized services and the use of technologies to establish cross-linking systems for all functional areas. All these actions, as a preamble to the eventual Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification for industrial parks and in-bond warehouses (Recintos Fiscalizados Estratégicos) that operate as Free Trade Zones. Such an standard has been created by the World Customs Organization (WCO) for the security of global trade chains and known in Mexico as NEEC (New Scheme for Certified Companies). The goal for AMPIP is to achieve an evolution of traditional industrial parks to Smart and Safe industrial parks.

Security Committee

President
Francisco Fiorentini
Executive Director
PIMSA, Mexicali, BC