Japan’s Mazda may move auto shipments to another port from Baltimore, CEO on CNBC

By Thomson Reuters Apr 9, 2024 | 7:38 AM

(Reuters) – Mazda Motor will probably have to temporarily move shipments to another port from Baltimore to avoid delays, the automaker’s CEO said in a CNBC interview.

The Port of Baltimore ranks first in the U.S. for volume of autos and light trucks and farm and construction machinery handled and a cargo ship crash into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in March has restricted shipments.

However, Masahiro Moro said Mazda does not currently expect a big impact from the port shutdown.

Automakers including General Motors and Ford have said they would reroute the affected shipments.

Most of that traffic remain suspended, though some terminal operations outside the affected area have resumed.

(Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)