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Annual US Car Export Report 2016

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  • Annual Market Summary
  • Top Destinations for US Cars
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During 2016, the United States exported 512,487 vehicles in containers. The volume was down just 1% compared to 2015. Whether new or used, classic or vintage; nearly any type of vehicle you can think of gets loaded into a container and shipped overseas.

Europe is the largest growing market for US cars. A 25% increase in volume has shown that despite a strong US dollar, importers in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Sweden purchased more US cars. The UK is the only European country that has seen a fall in imports, and that is due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Booming demand is driven in large part by classic cars and new US manufactured vehicles. As values on classics continue to level out in the US, Europe- ans are seeing more incentive to buy classics here. Old American muscle cars, pickups, classic German and English sports cars are popular.

However over in the land down under, Australia saw a dip in car imports. Despite their love of American classics and muscle cars, Aussie car importers
face hefty import duties and registration fees. Many expect this to change, as the government looks to lower duties in the near future.

Cars exports to New Zealand on the other hand have grown by a modest 5% in 2016. It’s a market that’s about half the size of Australia’s.

The Americas has now overtaken the Middle East as the biggest destination for US cars. Americas includes South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The growing demand for new cars in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador ensured the top spot on the import charts.

On the other side of the world, exports to the Middle East have dropped as a result of economic uncertain- ties surrounding falling oil prices. Iraq and Oman were just two of the growing destinations in the Middle East. An influx of used cars were responsible for the uptick.

Asia didn’t do much better. China’s dramatic 43% drop in car imports was attributed to a weak demand for new cars, along with stronger demand for locally produced cars.

Whichever direction the global automotive market takes us, me and my team are there to provide the optimal logistics solutions for your business.

Operations Manager at West Coast Shipping

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Top car makes exported in containers:

Make 2016 2015
Toyota 41,940 42,416
Ford 16,748 16,048
Mercedes 15,435 14,845
Hyundai 13,889 11,877
Honda 12,725 11,846
Nissan 12,501 11,463
Volkswagen 11,636 9,108
Lexus 10,937 11,552
BMW 10,292 8,829
Kia 9,030 7,710
Chevrolet 8,645 7,859
Jeep 5,240 5,144
Dodge 5,105 5,192
Audi 3,521 3,094
Mazda 3,264 2,688
Porsche 3,175 3,532
Mitsubishi 2,909 2,678
Chrysler 2,630 2,548
Volvo 1,894 1,853
Pontiac 1,708 1,742
Subaru 1,550 1,340
Jaguar 1,298 1,140
Cadillac 1,223 1,463
GMC 1,212 1,603
Mini 1,189 1,297
Infiniti 1,057 1,205
Buick 785 714
Lincoln 764 945
Acura 734 804
Triumph 612 577
Tesla 744 1,790
Fiat 542 353
Maserati 517 398
Plymouth 326 329
Oldsmobile 289 260
Rolls Royce 221 278
Ferrari 218 279
Austin Healey 204 183
Saab 184 153
Alfa Romeo 179 176
Bentley 176 189
Aston Martin 121 139
AMC 70 82
Studebaker 44 41
Lamborghini 32 26
De Tomaso 27 36