Report 01/20

A reliable partner

The Cuxport Terminal has been the hub for premium
automobile traffic for more than 15 years

RoRo vessels leave the Cuxport Terminal in Cuxhaven heading for the British Isles every day. They transport a variety of different goods, but the cars with the white and blue chequered logo are the ones that people most obviously recognise.

It all started in 2004. The terminal operator, Cuxport, working in conjunction with the DFDS shipping company and the ATG railway firm (now DB Cargo), persuaded the automobile manufacturer, BMW, to make changes to its car transport services to Great Britain. The logistics partners argued that it was much quicker to ship the new vehicles for the British and Scandinavian markets via the North Sea port of Cuxhaven because of its daily services, instead of using a Channel port. BMW accepted the suggestion – and new vehicles from the premium manufacturer move across the terminal asphalt towards the ships’ ramps in Cuxhaven every day, even 15 years later.

15 YEARS OF TRUST

Cuxport and DFDS celebrated the shipment of the two millionth new BMW vehicle through their terminal on 29 August 2019. The vehicle, a BMW Series 8 Gran Coupé, arrived at the terminal by rail from the company’s production site in Dingolfing in Bavaria. One Cuxport employee drove the metallic blue new car up the ship’s ramp on to the “Jutlandia Seaways” operated by DFDS in the presence of the invited guests. The vehicle then began its journey to the port of Immingham on the British north-east coast.

During the reception for all the guests on the bridge of the “Jutlandia Seaways”, Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics at Cuxport, thanked the captain, presented him with a jubilee gift and emphasised, “We’ve achieved a significant increase in the figures for shipping automobiles during the last few years – particularly by stabilising the vessels’ departures and improving the railway connections to Cuxhaven, but also by making forward-looking investments at the business site, such as the construction of berth 4.” The Mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr Ulrich Getsch, added, “Automobile logistics in Cuxhaven is a long-term success story. We’re delighted that Cuxport is helping to strengthen our regional economy and create jobs.”

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NO-DEAL BREXIT? NO PROBLEM!

Not even the withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU is dampening spirits at the terminal operator. “It’s true that Cuxport has suffered a general decline in UK imports and exports since Brexit was announced in June 2016”, says Hans-Peter Zint, Managing Director of Cuxport. “But we’ve made preparations for all the possibilities associated with a no-deal-Brexit here in Cuxhaven – firstly, through holding extensive discussions with customers, partners and customs authorities and, secondly, by training our employees.”

Hans-Peter Zint therefore believes that there is potential for switching traffic from the Channel ports here. “Many ports, particularly along the Channel coast, are not physically prepared for these kinds of customs checks. They therefore pose significant risks to supply chains. Our major advantage at Cuxhaven is our ability to handle unaccompanied traffic, where trailers, cars and goods arrive at the port and are stored here temporarily until the next crossing. Trucks making deliveries can then start their journey back or their next trip, once everything has been registered. If there are any problems with customs clearance, they don’t have to wait and the supply chains aren't seriously interrupted.”  

You can experience the highlights of the celebration of the two millionth BMW in Cuxhaven by viewing our event video.
Handling automobiles from A to Z: view the new Cuxport image film.

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