Maruti Suzuki signs agreement with Kamarajar Port to boost exports
Kamarajar Port becomes the fourth port, after Mumbai Port, Mundra Port and Pipavav Port, to be used by Maruti Suzuki to export its vehicles to global markets.
Maruti Suzuki India signed an agreement with Kamarajar Port for the export of passenger vehicles to global markets. Kamarajar Port will be used for exports to Africa, Middle East, Latin America, ASEAN, Oceania & SAARC regions.
The agreement is for a period of 5 years, starting December 2022. To facilitate automobile exports, a car-cum-general cargo berth has been developed and commissioned by Kamarajar Port for handling automobile units.
Hisashi Takeuchi, managing director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, "Maruti Suzuki is dedicated to the 'Make in India' initiative of the Government of India. Our expanding export operations reflect our commitment to offering reliable, high-quality, technologically advanced cars to our global customers. The start of exports from the Kamarajar Port will help us reach out to a wider base of customers. This initiative will also help to decongest the Mumbai Port, Mundra Port and Pipavav Port used by the Company to export vehicles at present."
Sunil Paliwal, I.A.S., CMD, Kamarajar Port, said "We are glad to enter into an agreement with India's leading passenger vehicle manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, to offer our port services for the export of vehicles to regions across the globe. Maruti Suzuki has earned the distinction of being a major contributor to exports from India, and associating with the Company will help us augment our operations as well. We hope to make this collaboration a success and contribute to India's economy."
As a part of the partnership between Suzuki Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation, Maruti Suzuki's Grand Vitara is manufactured at Toyota Kirloskar Motor's Bidadi plant in Karnataka. The vehicles to be exported will be sent to the pre-delivery inspection (PDI) centre at the Kamarajar Port and subsequently shipped.
Named the 12th Major Port of India, Kamarajar Port has the capacity to park 14,000 cars. The vehicles are checked and cleaned thoroughly before being loaded for shipment.
Maruti Suzuki initiated exports in 1986, and registered its highest-ever exports in FY 2021-22, dispatching over 2.38 lakh units to over 100 countries. The Company will continue to export from the Mumbai Port, Mundra Port and Pipavav Port.