Volkswagen Group of America shifting Gulf Coast hub to Port Freeport


Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) introduced Port Freeport as the brand new main Gulf Coast hub for its future car logistics port operations, in collaboration with Port Freeport and developer PRP and KDC. With a 20-year lease settlement, Volkswagen Group of America goals to enhance car logistics effectivity additional and to extend importation capacities to serve almost 300 sellers in the USA. The brand new port amenities are set to be operational in early 2024.


International carriers providing roll on roll off cargo providers at Port Freeport are Hoegh Autoliners, Glovis, Liberty International Logistics, Sallaum and Grimaldi Traces. Port Freeport’s resident OEM Terminal Operator and companion Amports is a personal automotive marine terminal, processor and logistics administration firm that gives prospects quite a lot of skilled and value-added providers.

Volkswagen Group of America, Port Freeport and developer KDC goal to interrupt floor on the brand new location in late 2022 and anticipate for the power to be operational in early 2024. Present VWGoA port operations in Houston and Midlothian (TX) will probably be consolidated into the brand new hub at Port Freeport.

Growing Port Freeport will allow Volkswagen Group of America to import roughly 140,000 autos per 12 months, primarily from its manufacturing hubs in Mexico, in addition to imports from Europe. Port Freeport will permit utilization of low-emission LNG vessels, supporting Volkswagen Group’s aim to enhance the environmental footprint of its world logistics.

Transferring Volkswagen Group of America’s main Gulf Coast hub to Port Freeport is a part of our community and progress technique for the USA. We’re constantly working to optimize the enterprise and environmental impression of our logistics operations. Our new hub at Port Freeport will permit us to serve almost one-third of our US supplier community extra effectively and extra sustainably.

—Anu Goel, Govt Vice President, Group After Gross sales & Providers, Volkswagen Group of America

At the moment, Volkswagen Group of America depends on eight ports within the US, chosen to optimize distances to its greater than 1,000 dealerships and cut back emissions in transportation.

Volkswagen Group of America’s future operations at Port Freeport are anticipated to create 113 jobs immediately on the terminal facility plus many extra not directly by means of associated fields comparable to trucking and rail, vessel unloading, vessel pilots, and extra.

JLL, Volkswagen Group of America’s unique actual property companion, assisted VWGoA within the website choice course of for a consolidated port facility alongside the Gulf of Mexico.

Port Freeport is positioned roughly 60 miles south of Houston, Texas and is accessible by way of state freeway 36, and freeway 288. Port Freeport is an impartial governmental physique approved by an act of the Texas Legislature in 1925.


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