5 must-knows about the Canadian automotive market

Did you know that the Canadian automotive market is experiencing record sales and imports? And that’s precisely why it’s so important that local vehicle processing centres can cope with high volumes of cars – while also providing great links to local transport services.

Canadian automotive market

1. Car imports into Canada are booming

The country famed for its maple syrup, hockey and cold winters imports a huge number of cars: vehicles are Canada’s single biggest import. In fact, car sales reached a record high in 2017, with more than 2 million vehicles sold for the first time ever. This was almost repeated last year, when sales hit 1,985,000 units. Plus, imports of cars were worth a staggering US$74.3 billion in 2018 alone.

In Canada, the health of the car industry is illustrated by WW Solutions’ relationship with so many leading carmakers. These include General Motors, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota – plus their associated luxury brands. The outlook for the sector is bright, and WW Solutions expects to grow its services for automotive companies in Canada in the coming months and years.

2. A growing car industry means a busy Port of Vancouver

The great news is that brands are manufacturing huge volumes in Canada, with Toyota and Honda among the biggest manufacturers. But this booming car industry is part of the reason why the Port of Vancouver is so busy – something that can occasionally cause congestion. The volumes of trade are massive: 142,000,000 tonnes of cargo travelled through the Port of Vancouver in 2017.

3. Logistics companies provide a vital local service to car manufacturers

In the highly competitive global automotive sector, rising costs put pressure on automotive brands. That’s why it’s important for logistics providers to offer the right facilities in local areas for handling vehicles. WW Solutions recently expanded its presence at the Annacis vehicle processing centre (VPC) by an additional 15 acres – it can now provide space for an additional 3,000 vehicles. The nearby Richmond VPC now offers a total of 6,000 spaces for cars, thanks to the introduction of 5,000 square feet of extra space.

4. There’s a focus on more competitive inventory-carrying costs for manufacturers

Reducing the cost of inventory is the goal of any efficient automotive supply chain, but reducing lead times is also a big consideration. The quicker the car manufacturer can respond to the needs of the market the better. This means manufacturers are looking to streamline their logistics and supply chains more than ever before.

5. Carmakers in Canada are seeking logistics companies with both capacity and links to key local transport

Carmakers are looking for logistics providers that have excellent rail and truck connections. Strong rail and truck connections at WW Solutions’ Annacis and Richmond VPCs ensure close collaboration between the auto brand and other logistics service providers throughout Canada. Rail connections provide coast-to-coast access, with close co-operation with local carriers enabling timely delivery to dealer networks in British Columbia.

Fast facts

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The Annacis VPC

  • 17,500 total spaces for cars
  • Services include vehicle processing, accessory fitting, repairs and rectifications, vehicle preparation and storage management
  • Rail connection: the VPC is serviced by CN Rail, CP Rail, which has 20,000km of track and serves major cities in the US and Canada, and BNSF, the largest freight rail network in North America.

The Richmond VPC

  • 6,000 total spaces for cars
  • Services include vehicle processing, vehicle preparation and storage management
    Rail connection: the VPC is serviced by CN Rail, CP Rail, which has 20,000km of track and serves major cities in the US and Canada, and BNSF, the largest freight rail network in North America.

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