Project cargo logistics experts UTC Overseas, Inc. has announced the opening of a new office in Mexico City, Mexico, under the direction of Branch Manager Roberto Lange. Lange will report to UTC’s Houston-based Vice President for North American Project Development Matt Loll.

“The opening of our new Mexican office reflects the continued expansion of UTC’s global network of local and regional offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Australia,” Loll said. “It provides us direct market presence in Mexico and Central America, in addition to our network of 16 offices in the U.S. and Canada. It also enables us to strengthen our network of qualified third-party specialist service providers in the region to handle all types of specialty project cargoes.”

“The Mexican economy has been strengthening,” Lange added. “We see growth opportunities in the transport of project cargoes inbound for the domestic oil and gas business, driven in part by a more favorable climate for private investment in that field.

Longer term, Mexico is beginning to export project shipments for the energy generation and distribution sector. The Mexican office also gives us a direct, hands-on presence in serving Mexican-bound project shipments originated by UTC offices worldwide. That gives our customers the comfort of dealing with one point of contact for these complex cargo movements.”

Lange has extensive experience in Latin American freight forwarding and project cargo logistics, beginning as an apprenticeship trainee in Guatemala under the auspices of the German Chamber of Commerce. “While there, I began working for a Guatemalan-based freight forwarder. I then returned to Germany and helped manage projects in Europe and Latin America before being transferred the U.S. I joined the UTC team this fall. I look forward to expanding the scope of UTC’s operations in Mexico and the region, and working with our global office network to provide reliable, cost-effective service for our customers.”

Assisting the Mexican office as a liaison will be Houston-based Project Manager Juan Garcia. A native of Cuba, he has been involved in Latin American freight forwarding, air freight and project cargo logistics for nearly three decades and joined UTC in 2012.

“I have already managed successful UTC projects in Mexico,” Garcia said, “and that has helped us identify and partner with qualified third-party resource providers in-country. I look forward to working with Mr. Lange and his team in the expansion of the new Mexican office and our services to customers worldwide.”