Sen. Carper Statement on FCA US Decision to Export Cars from Port of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper released the following statement on the decision by FCA US to export cars out of the Port of Wilmington:

“The decision by FCA US to export cars through the Port of Wilmington is a big win for the Port and the state of Delaware. In October of 2012, I had the pleasure of hosting the FCA US logistics leadership in Delaware and taking them on a tour of our Port. That visit spurred a relationship between FCA US and AutoPort that is responsible for the agreement announced today to ship FCA North American-made vehicles from the Port to overseas markets each year. This partnership will create jobs, grow our economy, and bolster our country’s exports.

“The decision by FCA US to use the Port of Wilmington is a smart one. One of our Port’s specialties is the handling of vehicles for export and import.  Back when I was Governor, we built a $27 million state-of-the-art, dedicated berth for cars and trucks. The Port is also home to AutoPort, which offers conversion services for automobiles shipped all over the world, and has the experience needed to get this job done. Over the years, our Port has grown into a first-class facility and one of the busiest terminals on the Delaware River, and I’m proud to see it secure another important deal to keep its success going strong for years to come.”