Maruti Suzuki has signed an agreement with Kamarajar Port Limited (formerly Ennore Port Ltd) for the export of passenger vehicles to global markets. Kamarajar Port will be used for exports to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, ASEAN, Oceania & SAARC regions.
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The agreement that is for a period of 5 years starting December 2022, will facilitate automobile exports, for which a car-cum-general cargo berth has been developed and commissioned by Kamarajar Port Limited for handling automobile units.
As a part of the partnership between Suzuki and Toyota in India, Maruti Suzuki’s Grand Vitara is manufactured at Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka. The vehicles to be exported will be sent to the pre-delivery inspection (PDI) center at the Kamarajar Port, and subsequently shipped.
Named as the 12th major port of India, Kamarajar Port located at the east coast has a capacity to park 14,000 cars. The vehicles are checked and cleaned thoroughly before being loaded for shipment. Speaking at the occasion, Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said:
“The start of exports from the Kamarajar Port will help us reach out to a wider base of customers. This initiative will also help to decongest the Mumbai Port, Mundra Port and Pipavav Port used by the company to export vehicles at present.”
Sunil Paliwal, CMD, Kamarajar Port Limited, said:
“We are glad to enter into an agreement with India’s leading passenger vehicle manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, to offer our port services for export of vehicles to regions across the globe. Maruti Suzuki has earned the distinction of being a major contributor to exports from India, and associating with the company will help us augment our operations as well. We hope to make this collaboration a success and contribute to India’s economy.”
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Maruti Suzuki initiated exports in 1986, and registered its highest-ever exports in FY 2021-22, dispatching over 2.38 lac units to over 100 countries around the world. In addition to the Kamarjar Port, the company will continue to export vehicles from the Mumbai Port, Mundra Port and Pipavav Port.
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