Japanese carmaker Subaru has chosen Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) to manage vehicle import processing at the US port of Brunswick in Georgia.

The logistics provider will handle processing for vehicles at the port’s Colonel’s Island ro-ro terminal, including accessorisation, pre-delivery inspection and preparations for truck transport to dealers. Activity will start at the beginning of July this year.

Brunswick handles imports from the Far East and Europe, and WWL has a 7,200-square-metre facility at the ro-ro terminal.

“Subaru is proud to announce WWL as its auto processing supplier for the Southeast US,” said Larry Strug, national transportation manager at Subaru. “WWL is a long-time logistics and technical services partner and was chosen for Subaru's Brunswick operation based on its skills, operational excellence and commitment to quality.”

WWL also manages auto processing at Subaru's plant in Lafayette, Indiana, and has handled Subaru imports at the port of Baltimore since 2006.

"WWL is excited to expand its support of Subaru to include auto processing in Brunswick," said John Felitto, president and CEO of WWL Vehicle Services Americas. "WWL’s expertise in vehicle processing and accessory installation, as well its intimate knowledge of Subaru’s requirements, position both companies for success at the port."

The port has interchanges with rail providers CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Georgia Ports Authority, which oversees activity at the ports of Bruswick and Savannah, moved nearly 58,000 automotive and machinery units in April this  year, its third highest month for roll-on, roll-off cargo. Since July 1, Brunswick and Savannah have processed more than 526,000 units, a 14.1% increase over the previous fiscal year to date.