Chrysler cars to sail out of Delaware

 (Paul Parmelee/WHYY)

(Paul Parmelee/WHYY)

Hundreds of Chrysler cars will depart the Port of Wilmington bound for the Middle East next month as part of a new deal.

The multi-year deal between FCA US, formerly the Chrysler Group, and AutoPort, Inc. means cars produced at plants in the Midwest and in Ontario, Canada will be shipped by rail to Wilmington. The vehicles will then be prepped for delivery to various countries in the Middle East by workers at AutoPort, then transferred to ships at the Port of Wilmington.

The Port of Wilmington’s $27 million auto-berth was built during now-Senator Tom Carper’s time as governor. “Our port has grown into a first-class facility and one of the busiest terminals on the Delaware River, and I’m proud to see it secure another important deal to keep its success going strong for years to come,” said Carper.

The contract goes into effect March first. The first shipment of cars to the Middle East is expected  in mid to late March.

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