Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics to ship its vehicles from the UK to North America, Australia and New Zealand.
The two companies have been working together since the 1980s. The extended deal will see WWL shipping some 45,000 vehicles in 2010 from Southampton to ports in Baltimore, Brunswick, Port Hueneme in the United States; Halifax in Canada and Fremantle, Melbourne and Port Kembla in Australia; and Auckland in New Zealand.
The company will also be providing terminal services for receiving all Jaguar and Land Rover models in Southampton.
Additionally, the company will be using space it has charted on ACL vessels to ship Land Rover Freelander models from Liverpool, close to JLR’s Halewood manufacturing plant, to Baltimore in the United States.
Pre-delivery and inspection work will also be carried out by WWL at its vehicle processing centres in Brunswick and Port Hueneme for models destined for the east and west coasts of the United States.
Jaguar XK, XF and new XJ models will be delivered by rail to WWL’s Southampton hub from the Castle Bromwich plant. Similarly, the Freelander model will be transported by rail from JLR’s Halewood plant for export through Southampton.
John Speakman, managing director of WWL UK, said: “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.”