The port of Hueneme in California has signed a five-year extension to its contract with Global Auto Processing Services (GAPS), the vehicle port processor that has been operating there since 2007. It is the fifth extension to the contract signed between Hueneme and GAPS.

“The renewal is a critical part of our plan to offer our customers long term stability at a port strategically located just north of the Los Angeles market," GAPS president and CEO Don Asdell told Automotive Logistics. “Last year we processed 119,088 vehicles in port Hueneme, which accounted for over 11% of our total US volume."

Hueneme port currently ranks as the ninth busiest vehicle processing port in North America, handling more than 250,000 vehicle units in total in 2012. The main carmakers using the port are Hyundai-Kia, BMW and Volvo. It is the only deep water port between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay.

GAPS provides a variety of processing services for carmakers, according to Asdell, including Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motor America, Hyundai Glovis, American Honda Motor and GM, covering import, export and domestic vehicles. At the port of Hueneme it provides services including pre-delivery inspection and the fitment of accessories, warranty provision, paint and body work services and parts inventory. The company’s facilities at the port cover around 10,000 square metres.

“We greatly value our partnership with the port of Hueneme and look forward to a long business relationship,” added Asdell.