US building materials company Vulcan Materials has claimed Mexican security forces illegally took control of its port terminal in southern Mexico near Playa del Carmen.
Vulcan said workers at Mexican multinational cement company Cemex, one of the world’s largest producers of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates, were also involved in the “illegal takeover” of the terminal.
Vulcan has been embroiled in a five-year legal battle with the Mexican government over concessions, even drawing criticism from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“We are shocked by Cemex and the Mexican government agencies who have facilitated this reckless and reprehensible armed seizure of our private property,” Vulcan said in the statement reported from Reuters.
Alabama-based Vulcan has been unable to produce and ship construction materials since May 2022, when the Mexican government suspended operations over environmental concerns over underwater limestone mining.
Fox News showed video of security guards arriving at the terminal March 14 shared with Facebook by US Senator Katie Boyd Britt of Alabama. Senator Boyd Britt, who described the incident as a “militarized seizure,” said a Mexican federal district court on March 16 ordered government forces to evacuate the terminal within 24 hours, but the facility remained occupied on March 19.
“This forcible confiscation of private property is unlawful and unacceptable. It’s shameful that this Mexican presidential administration would rather confiscate American assets than the fentanyl that kills hundreds of Americans a day,” she said. “Mexico should focus more on pursuing the cartels than law-abiding companies and hard-working people.”
Sac Tun Quarry is a large limestone quarry on the Yucatan Peninsula of southern Mexico, near Playa del Carmen with access to the Caribbean Sea.