BMW has announced it will be exporting the X5 SUVs to emerging markets using the new inland port.
BMW said it will expand export operations to include the new BMW X5 and will relocate the operation currently in Duncan to a new building being developed adjacent to the new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.
"Our export program enables BMW to invest in new markets where we see potential for future growth," said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co., in a media release. "Since 2011, demand for the X3 from emerging markets has nearly doubled and we believe the X5 will follow this trend."
The first shipment from the new location is expected in January 2014. The shipments will be taken by train to the Port of Charleston from the inland port using more than 9,000 sea containers as part of the program and keeping the shipments off the interstate, BMW said.
The relocated export operation will occupy 413,000 square fee with the opportunity for an additional expansion up to 750,000 square feet. The current Duncan facility only occupies 156,000 square feet.
The new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer is located off of Verne Smith Parkway near BMW's manufacturing facility and adjacent to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
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