PhilaPort Welcomes New CFR Rinkens and GWSI Containerized Auto Shipping Facility to The Port of Philadelphia

New Facility Designed to Make Auto Shipping in Containers Easier in the U.S. Northeast

Philadelphia, December 6, 2019—

A new, state-of the-art center for containerized auto shipping opened today near PhilaPort’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

Freight forwarder CFR, a global leader in containerized auto shipping, and GWSI, a nationally renowned logistics provider, created the facility to serve high-volume exporters buying vehicles in bulk at auto auctions around the U.S. The two companies anticipate shipping thousands of containers through the first year of operation and ramping up significantly over time.

Mike Gerace, President of GWSI credited PhilaPort staff for helping land the business.


The state-of-the-art facility offers:

  • High-security storage for over 1,200 vehicles
  • Guaranteed weekly capacity
  • Instant quality photos & inspection reports
  • Expert loading quality
  • Fast turnaround times
  • No wait times for your truckers
  • No congestion
  • No peak season price increases
  • Flat rates year-round
  • Efficient Customs process


“I’ve seen containerized auto shipping facilities all over the U.S. and around the world,” commented CFR Co-Owner Christoph Seitz, “and this is the best laid-out site on the U.S. East Coast.”

“We welcome CFR to our community, we appreciate their business, and we are confident they will succeed working with GWSI, a trusted stakeholder in our Port,” said PhilaPort Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney. “The Port of Philadelphia is in full support of this endeavor.”

Mike Gerace, President of GWSI, said, “The combination of CFR’s experience with car-in-container shipping, GWSI’s logistics experience, and our location near a port with quick turn times, gives us a real competitive advantage.”

Both CFR and GWSI have been in the logistics business for over 25 years and regularly set standards in forwarding and warehousing. Offering a high-quality alternative to other, chronically congested marine terminals in the U.S. Northeast is seen as a needed game changer for containerized auto exports.

PRPA Logo (516)PhilaPort, The Port of Philadelphia, is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district.  PhilaPort works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospect port users.  Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.