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First Toyotas shipped from Georgia to Russia, Ukraine

05/02/2013 - Savannah

Brunswick, Ga. – May 2, 2013 – The K Line vessel California Highway set sail for Russia and Ukraine today, carrying the first Toyota Venzas exported through the Port of Brunswick, Ga.

“The export of American-built Venzas to Russia and Ukraine further solidifies Toyota’s commitment to establishing its U.S. manufacturing operations as a key supplier of vehicles for global markets,” said Corinne Akahoshi, National Manager of Marine Logistics Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud to partner with the Georgia Ports Authority and all other parties involved, and are grateful for their support of this initiative.”

The new Toyota Venzas are produced at the company’s Georgetown, Ky., plant, which employs about 6,600 people and represents a $6 billion investment. The Georgetown plant is the company’s largest manufacturing facility outside of Japan.

The Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal is the nation’s third busiest autoport, handling 612,489 auto and machinery units in calendar year 2012.

“Toyota, a new client for the Georgia Ports Authority, joins 20 other domestic and foreign carmakers who use the Port of Brunswick,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Increasingly, Brunswick is a critical gateway for American-made vehicles entering the global marketplace.”

Through March of the current fiscal year, Brunswick has handled 458,061 units of auto and machinery cargo, an increase of 18 percent over the 388,061 handled over the same period in the previous fiscal year.

“Because of our direct interstate access and two Class I rail services, we can move exports from inland factories more efficiently, as well as move import cargo to destinations across the Southeast,” Foltz said.

International Auto Processing was instrumental in winning the Toyota business, and will thus serve as Toyota’s auto processor.

“Toyota’s decision to go with the Port of Brunswick is a testament to the level of service that auto manufacturers can expect here in Georgia,” said IAP President and CEO Robert Miller. IAP is the original auto processing company on Colonel’s Island, and its operations today encompass more than 200,000 square feet of processing facilities and 255 acres of storage and processing area on Colonel’s Island, with more than 200 employees.

The port features four other auto processors in addition to IAP.

The Port of Brunswick handles approximately 10 percent of all U.S. roll-on/roll-off trade, and 12 percent of U.S. Ro/Ro imports. The port ranks third in the nation for auto and machinery trade, serving nearly two dozen domestic and foreign carmakers, as well as heavy equipment producers.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the United States, which sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the United States and its investment here is currently valued at more than $19.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over $27.5 billion.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com, www.toyotanewsroom.com or www.toyotainaction.com.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011. Check out GPA’s Youtube channel here.

For additional information, please contact GPA’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com. Visit the GPA web site at www.gaports.com.