On November 30, the Port of Leixões successfully undertook the first shipment of the cars from Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa plant in Portugal.
It is after a 12 year hiatus from shipping finished vehicles, the Port Authority of Leixões welcomed the cars that reached the port from the Autoeuropa plant.
APDL Port Authority shipped around 700 vehicles and expressed its satisfaction with Autoeuropa’s confidence in the port and in the port operators. Until the end of this year, Leixões expect to be able to park about 5.000 vehicles in the Leixões Logistic Platform.
The Ro-Ro operations were undertaken at TCGL, the Bulk and General Cargo Terminal of Leixões. The Port of Leixões is the main Portuguese port in Roll-On/Roll-Off Cargo. In 2017, Ro-Ro Cargo at Leixões grew 18% with the handling of more than 1 Million tons of commodities.
“This new service will add value to Leixões and to the country, which will see its export capacity strengthened. It is equally important for Autoeuropa, which finds in our port an efficient option to export its production” said a representative of APDL, the port administrator.
ADPL and TCGL were satisfied with the way the operations had been efficiently undertaken and said that they look forward to respond to the needs of the market.
Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa plant used to ship their vehicles from the Portuguese port of Setubal. But recently, the German automaker’s stock of more than a thousand vehicles had been piling at the port due to a strike organised by the stevedores at the port.
The Autoeuropa plant is one of the largest exporters to passenger vehicles from Portugal. It manufactures VW’s new T-Roc SUV along with other group models such as the VW Sharan and Seat Alhambra.