KIA cars at the Port of Gdansk for the first time
New cars have appeared at Adampol, which deals with commercial vehicle transshipments at the Port of Gdansk. The first consignment of KIA cars has just arrived in Gdansk, the company said in its press release.
KIA Cee'd cars arrived at the Port of Gdansk on 21 November. This heralds the potential cooperation between Adampol and the Slovakian factory which manufactures 5- and 3-door versions of the Cee'd model, as well as the Sportage and Venga models. The cars were transported from Žilina to the Port of Gdansk, where they will be stored and loaded onto a Ro-Ro ship, which will in turn take them to the UK.
To date, KIA has been transported via Cuxhaven, Germany. The new logistics solution will make it possible to maintain the current lead time compared to Western ports and, at the same time, avoid congestion on motorways and at other ports.
"Over the last couple of years, we have been convincing KIA to change its logistics path, thus promoting the Port of Gdansk. It was not easy, but thanks to the great cooperation between the Port and Adampol, we truly hope that we will be able to move this volume," says Lukasz Szutenberg, development manager at Adampol S.A. KIA's total volume for the British market amounts to about 50,000 cars a year.
Adampol already has contracts for the transshipment of car makes such as Hyundai and Nissan. The latter decided to completely change the logistics path of car distribution within East-Central Europe. Now, cars manufactured in Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom are distributed via the Port of Gdansk across Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Ukraine. Hyundai cars from the Czech Republic are transported via roads and railways to Gdansk, and later to the UK by sea.