Los Angeles - California’s Port of Hueneme, the only US west coast commercial deepwater port has secured with long-term contracts the presence of BMW North America, Hyundai’s Glovis America and of Wallenius Wilhelmsen, the norwegian company specialized in the transporting of automobiles.
Representing over half of the Port’s cargo revenue, the automobiles being imported will reach more than 13 states. In addition, the Port also exports globally multiple OEM brands manufactured in the United States, acting as Ventura County’s international commerce gateway.
“The Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BMW, and GLOVIS contracts are signed for another five year period, with WWO having an option to extend through 2028,” said Kristin Decas, CEO & Port Director.
Unlike most public agencies, the Port of Hueneme does not collect a tax. Instead, the Port sustains itself on the wharfage and fees charged to the shipping lines for using the harbor.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen imports various OEM brands such as Subaru, Land Rover, Maserati, and Mitsubishi through the Port of Hueneme. BMW, a port customer since 1987, imports their automobiles, including MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, from seven different countries including Germany. Glovis America currently imports South Korean-made Kia and Hyundai automobiles, and exports U.S.-made automobiles to Asia.