REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – The first export shipment of KIA model Forte automobiles from the KIA Motors Mexico Company arrived at the Altamira Port on June 8.

The shipment came from the KIA assembly plant located in the State of Nuevo León and was shipped out today to the United States and South America.

An official ceremony took place in the Altamira Port Terminal facilities, where operations to load these first units on the vessel GLOVIS SIRIUS took place.

José Carlos Rodríguez Montemayor, general director of Altamira Port Administration, said that by the end of 2016, more than 45,000 automobiles would be mobilized from Altamira to the east coast of the United States and South America.

Rodríguez Montemayor congratulated the work team responsible for the automobile project. He said it was thanks to the effort of each one of the participants that the operation was accomplished through the Altamira Port.

“This operation consolidates us as the new automobile logistic cluster in Mexico. It fills me with pride to be part of this and the KIA team as we become the exportation platform for their shipment operations towards different world destinations,” he said.

Rodríguez Montemayor said the objective is to enhance the load capacity in Mexican ports, and to offer services of excellence in conjunction with the port community to project the Altamira Port as one the best options to export automobile units assembled in Mexico.

Attendees at the ceremony included Jacqueline Dondé Limón, administrator of the Aduana Marítima de Altamira (Shipping Customs), James Kim, director of Proyectos México de la Naviera Glovis, (Hunday Group subsidiary), Captain Adonay Navarro, manager of the Altamira Port Terminal, as well as representatives from the Port Harbormaster and  from the Customs Agency Amports, among others.

Editor’s Note: The above story first appeared in the Rio Grande Guardian in Spanish. It was translated into English by Enriqueta Cisneros.