Highlighting the global nature of automotive manufacturing, US-made Kia vehicles have been loaded in Brunswick, Georgia for export to the Arabian Peninsula.
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has loaded the first export shipment of Kia’s new US-made Telluride SUV at its Port of Brunswick. The vehicles were loaded on the Hyundai Glovis vessel Sirius, and are destined for the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Stuart Countess, chief administrative officer and vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) said production in the US is "the logical next step in our commitment to meeting U.S. and global demand."
Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said the GPA is playing an expanded role for KMMG, handling both imported components and now the export of finished vehicles. "Through vertical integration - parts in via Savannah, autos out via Brunswick - Kia is taking advantage of Georgia’s extensive road and rail infrastructure, as well as its broader network of shipping line services," Allgood said.
"For 10 years, we have been proud to support the thousands of jobs Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia provides in West Point, through efficient, reliable port services via Savannah," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Today marks an important development, as KMMG branches out from the domestic market in a major way to export vehicles made in America."
Kia plans to export approximately 3,000 Tellurides per year, with inspection and final processing carried out by International Auto Processing before export from Brunswick. "Through continuous investment and expansion of infrastructure at the 1,700-acre facility, Brunswick is prepared to take on new business from Kia and other manufacturers," said GPA Chief Administrative Officer Jamie McCurry. "As the single largest and second busiest U.S. hub for automotive trade, the Port of Brunswick moved more than 600,000 units last year."