The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) on April 30 announced the beginning of direct export service at Boston Autoport. The Grimaldi Group has launched a monthly RoRo service between the United States and West Africa to handle exports such as cars, trucks, tractors, buses, and other vehicles and equipment.
“Even in the current economic climate, ocean carriers see new opportunities to move cargo via the Port of Boston,” said Michael A. Leone, Massport’s Port Director. “This activity is good for New England businesses and their working families. We are pleased with the addition of the Grimaldi Group service at Boston Autoport as it helps maintain jobs at the port, and provides additional avenues to reach world markets.”
The Grimaldi Group’s West Africa Direct Service sails from Boston to the countries of Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. It provides connecting service on other Grimaldi vessels to Angola, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, western Ghana, Cameroon, and Congo. The service also calls other U.S. ports.
The Port of Boston is one of the few North American ports to add new service this year. In March, CMA CGM (America) LLC began new container service at Conley Container Terminal in South Boston.
Boston Autoport leases nearly 80 acres of land from Massport for its bulk and automobile cargoes. It currently handles about 60,000 autos per year, including used vehicles for export, new imported Subarus, and dealer storage and export programs. Additionally more than 250,000 tons of salt are imported annually and stockpiled on the site.
The Port of Boston is the oldest continually active major port in the Western Hemisphere. Top imports include alcoholic beverages, frozen seafood, footwear and furniture. Top exports include hides and skins, autos, logs and lumber, frozen seafood, paper including waste paper, and scrap metal.