More than two thousand Mazda cars were recently loaded onto WWL’s MV Courage at the port of Veracruz in Mexico. These 2,211 units are the first of many shipments from the newly opened Mazda factory in Mexico bound for inland distribution to European dealerships via the port of Zeebrugge.

The Mazda2 and Mazda3 models are built at the OEM’s new plant located in Salamanca, Mexico, expected to produce up to 250,000 new cars annually within the next year. The vehicles, which are destined for the North American and European markets, are shipped by railcar to the port of Veracruz, where they undergo inspection and are loaded to vessels sailing the North America – Europe trade route.

For WWL, this contract is important for developing a regular ocean service between Mexico and Europe. Mexico auto exports are expected to increase from 2.6 million in 2014 to nearly 3.6 million in 2020.