First vessel to carry Kia automobiles from new factory in Mexico coming to Port of Philadelphia

Expected volume from expanded KIA imports will total approximately 35,000 vehicles annually

June 24, 2016


On Saturday, July 2nd, the first GLOVIS America shipping vessel to carry automobiles from the new KIA manufacturing plant in Monterey Mexico will dock at the Port of Philadelphia to unload new KIA vehicles destined for local dealerships. Approximately 1,000 new KIA automobiles will be off-loaded at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT) in South Philadelphia.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to Philadelphia and further demonstrates the value of productive relationships with our partners in Korea and Mexico,” said Thomas J. Holt, Jr., of Holt Logistics Corp. “We are very excited about expanding imported automobile services on the Philadelphia waterfront. Auto imports into Packer Avenue have increased steadily over the past six years. On behalf of Holt Logistics Corp, we thank GLOVIS and look forward to fostering this relationship with them and our partners at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority for years to come.”

The GLOVIS Sirius voy 003 will be the first vessel to load vehicles manufactured at a new KIA facility in Monterey, Mexico. The manufacturing plant began production of compact sedans in mid-May of 2016, and expects to produce around 100,000 vehicles by the end of the year. Holt Logistics projects that approximately 35,000 of these vehicles will come directly into the Port of Philadelphia annually. This new business is expected to create up to 100 additional jobs for the Packer Avenue facility.


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