VIGO FIRMLY ESTABLISHED AS TOYOTA’S ENTRY POINT TO SPAIN
Toyota’s 100,000 vehicles represented just over 15% of automobile traffic in 2008
Last year, Toyota throughput was around 100,000 vehicles, representing just over 15% of automobile traffic for the Bouzas Terminal and consolidating the Port of Vigo as the main entry port for Toyota goods in Spain.
Toyota vehicle throughput has been decisive for the port in terms of maintaining figures at the 2007 level, compensating somewhat for the fall in exports by the PSA Peugeot Citroën plant as a consequence of the difficulties being experienced by the automobile sector.
The Japanese multinational has demonstrated its confidence in the Port of Vigo by converting it in the entry point for a large proportion of its vehicles destined for the European market.
This situation, however, may be temporary, as the multinational has plans to concentrate goods disembarkation in the Port of Sagunto (Valencia), where it has been offered a platform measuring 273,000 square metres.
The presence of Toyota in Vigo is one of the factors that led the largest RORO vessel in the world, the IMV Fedora, to choose Vigo as the port in which to unload automobiles.
The IMV Fedora, which is expected to dock in Bouzas every 45 days, has a transport capacity for up to 8,000 automobiles and belongs to the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines, world RORO transport leader.
In 2008, following the pattern of previous years, PSA Peugeot-Citroën accounted for the bulk of automobile traffic through the Port of Vigo (almost 400,000 units). Makes other than Toyota and Peugeot-Citroën also accounted for some traffic, although in smaller quantities; these included BMW and Hyundai and, to a lesser extent, Ford, Renault, Mitsubishi and Opel vehicles.
Vehicle traffic continues to be fundamental in the Port of Vigo statistics, for which reason the Port Authority plans to implement a project to enlarge the Bouzas Terminal that involves the construction of two new ramps and an underground dockside warehouse. The enlargement will provide an additional 70,000 square metres for vehicle traffic.