Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other officials announced that Volkswagen Group of America has chosen JAXPORT as the location of its import facility and Southeastern distribution center. The Jacksonville location will create 100 jobs and a capital investment of $3 million in the region.
Volkswagen Group of America will move its import facility for cars and SUVs and relocate its Southeast U.S. distribution operations to Jacksonville. The renovated plant and properties will be used to receive and process factory-new Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley vehicles. Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley expect to transport 100,000 cars within one year, and approximately 550,000 units in the next five years.
JAXPORT is situated at the crossroads of the nation’s rail and highway network. Industry-leading quality control training for workers, fast and efficient turn times, exceptional ocean carrier options and 300,000 square feet of on-site auto processing make JAXPORT the port of choice for thousands of businesses worldwide. In addition to vehicle imports similar to those planned by Volkswagen Group of America, JAXPORT is the nation’s no. 1 port for vehicle exports.
Port officials have announced several recent expansions in automobile shipping. In December, American Honda Motor Co. decided to export Acura vehicles from Jacksonville to the Middle East. In June, NYK Line, a Japanese shipping company, began carrying vehicles between Jacksonville and Asia. Hoegh Autoliners, an auto shipping company, relocated from New York to Jacksonville in 2013.
Watch the video of the announcement.