Ford begins exporting to Europe as part of multi-port strategy

Source: TNPA

An estimated 1 000 Ford Rangers and Ford Ranger Raptors will be processed through the port of Port Elizabeth for shipping to select markets in Europe.

To facilitate its vehicle export operations – part of the company’s new multi-port strategy, which includes adding Port Elizabeth to Durban as an export hub – the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will move locally assembled vehicles from its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria to Port Elizabeth.

The vehicles will be transported from Silverton to Port Elizabeth via the Transnet Freight Rail infrastructure.

From there, Ford will ship vehicles twice a month to various receiving ports in Europe.

“We are experiencing unprecedented demand for the Ford Ranger around the world, and have invested over R3 billion in the recent expansion of our production capacity in our South African operations to fulfil these orders,” said Ockert Berry, vice-president of operations at Ford Middle East and Africa.

Added Port Elizabeth port manager Rajesh Dana: “The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is extremely excited at the launch vehicle volumes that Ford Motor Company will be processing through our port.”


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