Jaguar Land Rover has renewed its contract with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics for the export of vehicles from the UK to North America, Australia and New Zealand.
The new contract, which is already underway, will see the shipment of around 45,000 Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) vehicles in 2010 from the Port of Southampton to the US ports of Baltimore, Brunswick and Port Hueneme, and to Halifax in Canada. Exports will also be made to the ports of Melbourne and Kembla in Australia, and to Auckland in New Zealand.
WWL will also be using space it has chartered on ACL vessels to ship Land Rover Freelander models from Liverpool (close to JLR’s Halewood plant) to Baltimore in the US.
John Speakman, managing director of WWL UK, said: “This new contract is very significant for us. It further extends our partnership with two of the world’s most prestigious vehicle brands, Jaguar and Land Rover, during what has been a tough economic climate for both companies.
“WWL has been working closely with Jaguar and Land Rover since the 1980s. Our new long-term contract with JLR reinforces our joint work on quality and product improvements on logistics services.
“We expect to see a growing co-operation between our two companies on matters such as developing leaner supply chain solutions and new environmental initiatives,” he added.
WWL will be providing terminal services for receiving Jaguar and Land Rover models at its facility at the Port of Southampton, including unloading from both rail wagons and vehicle transporters and temporary, secure storage prior to shipment aboard its vessels.
Jaguar XK, XF and new XJ models are being delivered by rail to the facility from the Castle Bromwich plant. Likewise, the Freelander model is being transported by rail from JLR’s Halewood plant for export through Southampton.
Pre-delivery and inspection (PDI) work will also be undertaken by WWL at its vehicle processing centres in Brunswick and Port Hueneme for Jaguar and Land Rover models destined for the East and West Coasts of the US.
In other news related to WWL’s activity at Southampton, JCB has shipped three specialised excavators to the port on a WWL ro-ro vessel from the US Port of Savannah. The excavators are part of a $3m order for 13 High Mobility Engineering Excavators which JCB is supplying to the British Army.