Docked at Bristol’s Royal Portbury Dock on March 28, the NOCC Atlantic delivered 2,355 cars to Mazda’s new car 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.
For the first time since Mazda UK was established in 2001, Mazda has started shipping cars directly from Japan to the UK, bringing benefits to dealers and customers. Having previously operated a logistics model which saw cars imported into Europe via Zeebrugge and 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 .
Bristol Port Company’s highly trained motor trade officers ensured that every vehicle was safely unloaded from the vessel at the new Mazda Compound facility which has a capacity of over 8,000 vehicles and is also home to a inspection and preparation of vehicles.
Motor Trade Director Tony Dent said: “The Port of Bristol is delighted to have been chosen by Mazda as its sole UK import centre. With our first direct delivery of Mazda vehicles having been unloaded at Portbury Dock, we look forward to establishing a continued and successful association with Mazda. As the main UK port for cars arriving from the Far East, the Port of Bristol is in a unique position to provide the ideal logistics solution”.
Commenting on the new Mazda UK Port of Entry partnership, Mazda Motors UK Sales Director Peter Allibon said: “The team at Mazda UK and our colleagues at Mazda Logistics Europe have been working very hard to update our logistics processes , port and storage and this new direct operation from Japan to the UK will bring significant benefits to our dealers and customers. Our dealers will have access to a much wider choice of stock within our new central complex, which ultimately provides an optimized logistics journey to support customer choice and delivery times.”
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 Mazda’s long-term strategy to ensure the best logistical efficiencies and eliminate the risk of delays caused by transit issues between Europe and the UK, 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 first shipment to arrive at the Port of Bristol included cars from across Mazda’s latest 2022 model year range, including the recently updated 2022 Mazda CX-5 and 2022 Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30 equipped with e-Skyactiv-X.