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Toyota Venzas exported via Port of Brunswick for the first time

May 3 - The first Toyota Venzas exported through the Port of Brunswick set sail today for Russia and Ukraine. The Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal is the nation’s third busiest autoport, handling 612,489 auto and machinery units in calendar year 2012.

The new Toyota Venzas are produced at the company’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, which employs about 6,600 people and represents a $6 billion investment. The Georgetown plant is the company’s largest manufacturing facility outside of Japan.

“The export of American-built Venzas to Russia and Ukraine further solidifies Toyota’s commitment to establishing its U.S. manufacturing operations as a key supplier of vehicles for global markets,” said Corinne Akahoshi, National Manager of Marine Logistics Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud to partner with the Georgia Ports Authority and all other parties involved, and are grateful for their support of this initiative.”

The Port of Brunswick handles approximately 10 percent of all U.S. roll-on/roll-off trade, and 12 percent of U.S. Ro/Ro imports. The port ranks third in the nation for auto and machinery trade, serving nearly two dozen domestic and foreign carmakers, as well as heavy equipment producers.

“Toyota, a new client for the Georgia Ports Authority, joins 20 other domestic and foreign carmakers who use the Port of Brunswick,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Increasingly, Brunswick is a critical gateway for American-made vehicles entering the global marketplace.”

Through March of the current fiscal year, Brunswick has handled 458,061 units of auto and machinery cargo, an increase of 18 percent over the 388,061 handled over the same period in the previous fiscal year.

“Because of our direct interstate access and two Class I rail services, we can move exports from inland factories more efficiently, as well as move import cargo to destinations across the Southeast,” Foltz said.

International Auto Processing was instrumental in winning the Toyota business, and will serve as Toyota’s auto processor.
IAP is the original auto processing company on Colonel’s Island, and its operations today encompass more than 200,000 square feet of processing facilities and 255 acres of storage and processing area on Colonel’s Island, with more than 200 employees.

“Toyota’s decision to go with the Port of Brunswick is a testament to the level of service that auto manufacturers can expect here in Georgia,” said IAP President and CEO Robert Miller.  The port features four other auto processors in addition to IAP.

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