Record month for car exports

Published: Wednesday 22nd February 2017

The appeal to Britain’s booming car industry of exporting worldwide via Bristol Port has fuelled a record boost in figures.

 

A vehicle being driven on to a ship for export at Bristol Port

A total of 18,500 cars exported last month represents a 32% rise year-on-year. It is the Port’s highest figure on record for January. As the automotive trade teams gear up for the registration plate change on March 1, volumes of vehicles have increased 10% year-on-year.

Tony Dent, Director of Automotive Trade, said the success could be attributed to the Port’s growing success in attracting car business, and confidence in the wider economy.

Approximately 700,000 cars, vans and high and heavy plant have been handled in the past year. The Port prides itself on being responsive to the needs of its automotive customers, with major selling points including 500 acres available for car storage, the motor-rail terminal, and its position as the only deep sea port in the UK with direct motorway and rail connections to all points of the compass.