PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford SA is expanding its vehicle export operations through a multi-port strategy with the first shipment of 1000 SA-assembled Ford Rangers from Port Elizabeth to markets in Europe.
All Fords – imports and exports – are processed through Durban harbour’s Ro-Ro (Roll on-Roll Off) terminal, South Africa’s primary import/export hub for most original equipment manufacturers, importers, and distributors.
Ockert Berry, operations boss for Ford Middle East and Africa, told The Corner through a media release: ”We’re experiencing unprecedented demand for the Ford Ranger around the world, and have invested more than R3-billion in production capacity in our South African operations to fill orders.
“With Transnet, we evaluated how a multi-port strategy could benefit both parties by improving the use of current assets, reducing costs, avoiding ongoing congestion at the Durban Terminal, and using other ports for imports and exports.”.
Ford says it has broadened its outbound logistics portfolio to support the multi-port strategy for Port Elizabeth and will be shipping vehicles twice a month to ports in Europe.
The Rangers, assembled in Pretoria, are transported to Port Elizabeth by rail. Traditionally, Port Elizabeth-based vehicle manufacturers transport units to Gauteng by rail, and these rail assets return empty. Now they will carry export vehicles from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth for shipping.”