The first shipment of imported Fiat cars from Italy has arrived at the Port of San Diego’s National City Marine Terminal.
The roll-on, roll-off shipment of 370 Fiat Model 500L automobiles was transported on the vessel Demeter Leader, which also brought a shipment of Volkswagens, Porsches and Audis.
Pasha Automotive Services, operator of the 135-acre terminal, recently secured a new three-year contract for the receiving, processing and distribution of the Fiat vehicles. The company expects that 40,000 Fiats will arrive through the port annually, with 12,000 units anticipated for the remainder of 2013. After the Fiats have been processed, they will be trucked by Pasha Distribution Services to dealers throughout the western U.S.
San Diego is one of three North American points of entry for Fiats. The other two points of entry are Baltimore, which serves the eastern U.S., and Halifax, Nova Scotia, which serves Canada.