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CentrePort Deal a Win for Toyota Customers
CentrePort Deal a Win for Toyota Customers
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:39

Toyota – the world’s largest car manufacturer – is now shipping cars to CentrePort to improve speed of delivery to customers in the Lower North Island.

CentrePort chief executive Derek Nind says the agreement follows a strong summer of growth at the port. CentrePort expects that the new deal with Toyota will see total vehicle volumes through the port increase by 15 per cent in 2016.

“On Monday we offloaded the latest shipment of new Toyotas direct from Japan, with priority cars delivered to Palmerston North by Monday afternoon.

Toyota New Zealand’s Manager for Parts and Logistics Operations, Dave Rhodes-Robinson says the new agreement with CentrePort will see around 200 Toyotas processed through CentrePort every month.

“In the past, we distributed our cars to lower North Island customers by road from Auckland, but with new vehicle volumes up over 30 per cent since 2012 and putting pressure on other ports we’ve needed to move to a more efficient vehicle distribution model,” Mr Rhodes-Robinson said.

The CentrePort network allows Toyota to get its cars to dealers and customers in the lower North Island several days faster than if they were coming by road from Auckland.

“That’s seen a big improvement for customers and also a significant reduction in our logistics costs and environmental footprint. By directing our cars through CentrePort we have reduced total CO2 emissions for vehicle movements by almost 10 percent, or 160 tonnes a year,” Mr Rhodes-Robinson said.

Mr Nind says CentrePort’s new deal with Toyota demonstrates the competitive advantage CentrePort offers its customers.

“Our efficient inland transport links, including our CentreRail service, are a real drawcard for customers looking to cut road transport costs and improve their environmental efficiency.”

For more information contact Sarah Austen-Smith 022 425 6815

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