[QUOTE=c_haun;155915]Hello, I am currently a cadet at SUNY Maritime and have a sizable paper to write in regards to the exporting of U.S cars beyond the borders of Canada and mexico. I was hoping to find some information here to really help fill out the paper. If anyone has any knowledge on the predominant routing, and carriers used and are willing to share it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.[/QUOTE]
I don’t know much about the routeing. Import and export points of autos, light and heavy industrial equipment are gathered in a few spots. Houston, Jaxville, and Baltimore are definitely big on USEC/GOM for exporting autos.
As far as what we are exporting, I don’t think it’s all that much. When you take away all the previously mentioned Abrams Tanks, APCs, MRAPs, military connex, trailered eqpmt, and the like that has dominated so much of the outbound US Flag car carrier space, it seems like all you have left is used cars. I recall Crown Vics and Tahoes/Suburbans, and the like being the biggest component of the exported commercial Ro/Ro cargo, along with various few pieces of used Caterpillar, etc. farming and construction machines. Those comparatively cheap, big, V8 autos are a hot seller, even used, because nobody makes them except the USA. A fair bit of the used cars and industrial/farming equipment were complete POSs and were bought for nothing more than parts. Those units were often towed or pushed off.
There is a growing appetite for Cadillacs and decked out GMCs in the Arabian Peninsula, but a few rich Arabs does not make a sea change in those overall export trends.
I have also made many trips to Japan and back where we had absolutely no westbound cargo after discharging 4500 Toyotas between Portland and Long Beach.
I don’t know what goes on abd FOC car carriers hitting the USA (of which there are exponentially more than USA flag) as far exporting American autos. Prior to the last few years, I just don’t see it being much different. We make very few diesel passenger cars, nobody has a hard-on for huge trucks like Americans, and our avg MPG for passenger cars (until late) is not palletable to other countries because they pay so much more for fuel.