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The Wiri to Waitemata seaport rail link has been launched, providing exporters and importers the chance to bypass the overcrowded motorway, and possibly reduced carbon footprint, as they ship via Ports of Auckland.

Ports of Auckland expects the Wiri rail link to offer greater efficiencies and flexibility for exporters and importers who are able to drop off and pick up containers without having to negotiate the Auckland motorways.

“By using the Wiri Freight Hub as a staging post, it will free up room at the Waitemata seaport which is good news also for the whole supply chain as it helps position Ports of Auckland for future growth,” Jens Madsen, managing director of Ports of Auckland said.

Containers are now able to be moved to and from the seaport by rail, saving as many as 100,000 central city truck trips per annum when functioning to capacity.

Carbon emission modelling by Ports of Auckland has shown potential savings for businesses close to the Wiri Inland Port, Madsen said in the company’s press release.

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