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Toyota to export Venzas from Georgia port


Toyota recently announced plans to begin exporting U.S.-assembled Venza crossover vehicles to Russia and Ukraine via the Port of Brunswick, Ga.

The port ranks third in the nation for auto and machinery trade, and serves nearly two dozen domestic and foreign automakers. The port's Colonel's Island Terminal last year handled a record 612,489 auto and machinery units, up from 497,404 the previous year.

Toyota plans to begin shipping Venzas from its Georgetown, Ky., plant to the port in April. The vehicles will be railed to Jacksonville (Westlake) by Norfolk Southern Railway, then trucked to Brunswick by Centurion Auto Transport.

Toyota expects to export about 5,000 Venzas to Russia and Ukraine annually. The automaker is a new client for the Georgia Port Authority (GPA) and Brunswick port, which also is served by CSX Transportation.

"This new partnership with Toyota highlights [our] commitment to unparalleled service for automakers," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz in a prepared statement. "Because of our direct interstate access and two Class I rail services, we can move exports from inland factories more efficiently, as well as move import cargo to destinations across the Southeast."