Mexico’s Ministry of Transportation has suspended issuing new licenses, permits and driver’s licenses to commercial truck drivers until December 31 due to a cyber attack in late October, creating possible delays for transporters.

The Secretary of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) announced this Tuesday in a federal government document. SICT tweeted it on October 1. 24 of its servers were damaged, indicating that “cyber incidents and emergency management plans are being worked on and investigations are ongoing”.

SICT did not release specific information or data, but said that “the malware attack did not compromise the company’s systems or compromise citizens’ data,” according to a statement from the company. “One of these barriers to prevent the spread of malware is the temporary shutdown of systems so that their work is not disrupted, to avoid serious damage and even theft of information.”

Mexican trucking industry officials said the SICT’s decision to delay the issuance of new permits and licenses could disrupt the country’s supply chain and cross-border trade with the United States.

“In cross-border transportation services, the American authority has the power to request the driver’s license — not having the registration of the procedure and the current document, supposes a large number of drivers and trucks that would be losing all opportunity to operate,” according to a news release from Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR).

CANACAR said freight transport is the main mode of transport of goods and merchandise across Mexico.

“It contributes 3.3% of the national gross domestic product, 81% of domestic cargo, representing direct and indirect jobs for more than 6 million people,” CANACAR said. “It [also] moves 84% ​​of trade between Mexico and the U.S.”

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