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  • Nafta negotiations

    Intelligence » Finally, a done deal?

    October 4th 2018 The sigh of relief from the automotive sector at the announcement of a breakthrough in negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with Mexico in August was almost palpable. The news at the end of September that a similar, last-minute deal had also been struck with Canada must have been of even greater […]
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  • North American ports

    News » Port Canaveral on a roll

    August 7th 2018 Port Canaveral is now able to handle more finished vehicles thanks to a draft deepening project that allows post-Panamax ro-ro vessels to berth at the port. Late last month, the Floridian port accommodated vessels from Höegh Autoliners and NYK Line simultaneously, a first for the facility, which only started handling vehicle flows in 2016. The […]
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    News » Navigating an uncertain future

    March 20th 2018 The finished vehicle logistics sector needs to find better ways to communicate and collaborate to meet the challenges of an uncertain future, delegates at this year’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference in California were told in March. Marcus Williams reports The finished vehicle logistics industry may be facing a shortage of drivers and rail […]
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  • Vehicle distribution

    News » VW opens new base in California

    February 27th 2018 Volkswagen Group of America has officially opened a second finished vehicle distribution centre in California, at the port of Benicia in San Francisco Bay. Vehicles will be staged there for 81 VW, Audi, Bentley and Porsche dealers in northern California, enhancing customer service and delivery times, the company said. Among the vehicles to be imported […]
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  • People moves

    News » Richard Binkley returns to Jack Cooper Transport

    February 22nd 2018 Richard Binkley (pictured) has left US Autologistics (USAL), where he was president, to take up the role of executive vice-president of strategic operations at Jack Cooper Transport. He has been replaced at USAL by Gary Cole, previously vice-president of vehicle processing and parts distribution at Gulf States Toyota. Binkley was president of USAL for more […]
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  • Manufacturing trends 

    News » BMW Spartanburg remains top US car exporter

    February 21st 2018 BMW’s Spartanburg vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina remained the largest US automotive exporter by value last year, even though production there decreased. The factory turned out more than 371,280 cars during the year, 9.7% fewer than in 2016  because the X5/X6 assembly hall was shut down for four weeks during the summer and production […]
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  • Industrial unrest

    News » AMIA calls for government help with blockades

    February 21st 2018 The Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA) has called for the government to intervene after a series of blockades that has left vehicle manufacturers in the country struggling for supplies and halted the movement of some finished vehicles. The blockades, which started in late January, have been carried out by teachers in the state […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Mexico hits record highs in output and exports

    February 20th 2018 The Mexican automotive sector has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2018, reaching all-time highs in vehicle production and exports during January. According to the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), a total of 303,755 vehicles were produced during the month, over 4% more than in January 2017. Vehicle exports, meanwhile, came to 231,088 during […]
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  • Finished vehicles

    Intelligence » Rising inventory: Stock lots

    January 16th 2018 In any retail business, inventory management is a delicate balancing act. Hold too little and frustrated customers will be forced to shop elsewhere; but piling stock on your shelves puts a strain on working capital and if what you bought isn’t what customers want, you have little choice but to sell it off at discounted […]
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  • Car carriers

    Intelligence » Road transport in Mexico: No time for reflection

    January 11th 2018 About three years ago, trucking capacity for the movement of finished vehicles in Mexico was a big concern. Trucks are used for the delivery of all finished vehicles for the domestic market there, as well as supporting rail in moving vehicles to and from ports, and there were simply not enough trucks to service growing […]
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