Shipment courier

First car shipment arrives at Port of Bristol as Mazda UK’s new direct import route from Japan begins

For the first time since Mazda UK was founded in 2001, the Japanese automaker has started shipping cars directly from Japan to the UK, benefiting dealers and customers alike.

Having previously operated a logistics model which saw cars imported into Europe via Zeebrugge – then distributed to regional hubs in the UK – Mazda UK has now invested in a new distribution process which sees cars imported directly from Japan to the port of Bristol.

Mooring at Royal Portbury Dock in Bristol on Route 28and In March, NOCC Atlantic delivered 2,355 cars to Mazda’s new Automotive Port Handling Center on the Bristol Port Company estate. This first shipment makes the Port of Bristol the fourth European port of entry for Mazda Logistics Europe, after Barcelona, ​​Antwerp and Zeebrugge. Over the next 12 months, the new center will receive a ship approximately every 10 days with 1,000 to 1,200 Mazda cars on board.

Located in the Port of Bristol area, Mazda’s new complex offers a capacity of over 8,000 vehicles, as well as a vehicle inspection and preparation centre.

With all of Mazda’s UK production coming from Mazda’s Hiroshima, Miyoshi and Hofu plants, the new Japan to UK shipping logistics route is streamlining UK deliveries as part of the strategy. Mazda’s long-term plan to ensure the best logistical efficiencies and eliminate the risk of delays caused by Europe to UK transit issues, such as Channel Tunnel disruptions or ferry issues. Additionally, the new Mazda2 hybrid, which is built in France, will start arriving in Bristol later this spring, shipping regularly from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

The Port of Bristol handles the import of over half a million vehicles a year.