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Auto hub gears up for New Zealand export boom

[ July 31, 2012   //   ]

Logistics provider Pentalver has partnered with global vehicle logistics specialist Autohub and international inspection company JEVIC, to launch the UK’s first pre-clearance facility for secondhand car exports to New Zealand, which has the toughest biosecurity standards in the world.

Every vehicle shipped through the Autohub will be meticulously cleaned of biosecurity contamination and then inspected in order to meet stringent NZ Government standards.

A structural inspection is also completed on each vehicle on behalf of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), including inspection of the underside and all energy management areas. This saves time and cost on arrival in New Zealand and assures the exporter and importer of the vehicle’s condition.

Increasingly stringent emissions regulations for new and used vehicles entering New Zealand are likely to boost the market for secondhand vehicles from the UK, as current domestic market vehicles in Japan are not produced to the necessary emissions standard . Moreover, more than 50% of new vehicles currently registered in Japan are hybrid vehicles, which do not suit the general NZ profile, with a further 20% being micro cars which are also unsuitable. The UK is the only other country that de-fleets enough compliant, right hand drive vehicles suitable for the NZ market.

The new joint venture at Pentalver’s Felixstowe depot will also cater for other export markets, including RWI (Road Worthiness Inspections) for some East African countries.It offers exporters a simple ‘drop off’ one stop facility with the vehicle delivered to port, inspected and exported in the shortest possible time and with the least inconvenience.

Autohub managing director, John Davies, comments: “This is a rare example of a growing export market, with specialised companies like Pentalver, Authohub and JEVIC creating innovative solutions to ensure they are able to react to changing markets and market conditions. Over the last year we have seen a sharp increase in UK exports of second-hand cars to New Zealand. The Facility has the capacity to process over 30,000 cars per year, which means we are geared up to handle significant growth. ”

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