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Volkswagen finds sea shipping a better way after rail disruptions

Cons. Discr. - Autos 1009 Coronavirus 471 Corp - Ports 812 Corp - Shipping 856 Mexico 767 Mode - Rail 91 Mode - Seaborne 1660 Mode - Truck 61 U.S. 4834

Volkswagen has started exporting cars to the U.S. from Mexico via the port of Lazaro Cardenas, avoiding congested roads and protest-afflicted rail routes. Volkswagen’s exports from Mexico have struggled to recover after COVID-19 related factory closures in May. Shipments including the Audi Q5 and VW Golf are still down by 25.2% year over year in August, including a 30.3% slide in shipments to the U.S. The new routing follows a move away from roads in 2017, with rail representing 55.7% of exports to the U.S. with marine shipping the remainder via the port of Veracruz in the 12 months to A...

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