WWL has started operations of their third Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) in China. It is located in the Dongjiang free trade zone of Tianjin port, which as the second largest vehicle import & export port is an important gateway to Beijing and Northern China.
The Dongjiang VPC complements WWL’s existing VPC’s in Shanghai and Guangzhou. The company can now offer quality vehicle processing at all these three major Chinese automotive ports. The enhanced network will enable the company to offer customers tailored outbound logistics solutions in China for both import and export, ranging from optimized local logistics up to integrated factory-to dealer solutions for national coverage, helping customers reduce costs and shorten their time to market.
The Tianjin port has two RoRo terminals allowing for efficient loading and discharge from vessels. Additionally, its location within the bonded port of Dongjiang free trade zone comes with another monetary benefit, as customers can withhold duty payments until their product leaves the free trade zone, improving their cash flow.
The fully operational VPC has been specifically designed to accommodate both cars and trucks and is able to provide the following services:
- Port Inspection
- Custom Clearance
- On-site CIQ (Customs Inspections And Quarantine) office
- Vehicle Shuttling
- Storage of bonded and duty-paid vehicles
- Vehicle delivery to customers
It has a yard with total storage capacity of 140,000 sqm (expandable if required) and a workshop covering 6,000 sqm for PDI/ Washing/ Repair with high doors enabling trucks to enter, 940m2 office space for both staff and customers, as well as full security and lightning.
The Tianjin VPC is operated by Tianjin Port Wallenius Wilhelmsen Vehicle Logistics Co., Ltd, a joint venture between WWL China Ltd. and the Tianjin Port Group (TPG). The companies signed a joint venture agreement mid 2014 with WWL China Ltd. as a 30% shareholder of the operations. The joint venture is the result of a close partnership between both parties and marries WWL’s expertise with TPG’s resources.