The Port of Tyne has extended its commercial partnership with Nissan to facilitate the import and export of new vehicles for a further five years.

As one of the port’s largest customers and of economic importance to the region, the agreement marks the dawn of a new era for both parties as the move to net zero transportation accelerates.

The Port of Tyne handles 600,000 vehicles per year, making it the country’s second largest car handling port.

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Nissan first began producing cars in Sunderland in 1986. Since 1994 the Port of Tyne has played an integral part in transporting Sunderland built models to over 130 worldwide markets.

The new deal follows Nissan’s EV36Zero announcement last year. Nissan EV36Zero will supercharge Nissan’s drive to carbon neutrality and establish a new 360-degree solution for zero-emission motoring.

The transformational project is comprised of three interconnected initiatives, electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production with Nissan’s battery partner Envision AESC.



This development is closely aligned with the Port of Tyne’s sustainability vision to be net zero by 2030 and all-electric by 2040.

“The Port of Tyne has been an integral part of our supply chain for many years. As it continues to grow as a clean energy and green distribution hub it will continue to play a vital role in Nissan’s vision for a carbon neutral future,” says Michael Simpson, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Nissan.

“We are incredibly proud to be supporting one of the UK’s biggest car manufacturer and having the opportunity to make a major contribution to the adoption of electric vehicles globally,” commented Matt Beeton, CEO at the Port of Tyne.



“This agreement demonstrates Nissan’s long term commitment to the port and its importance to the wider region.”

Port of Tyne is one of the UK’s major deep-sea ports – operating in bulk and conventional cargo, car terminals, cruise & ferry, port centric logistics and estates.

Port of Tyne was recently awarded the Seatrade Maritime 2021 Sustainable Supply Chain Management of the Year Award and 2 Maritime UK 2020 Clean Energy Awards, for Clean Energy Operator and Clean Energy Enabler.

One of the UK’s largest trust ports and entirely self-financing, the Port of Tyne receives no Government funding, is run on a commercial basis and reinvests all profits back into the port for the benefit of all of its stakeholders.

As one of only two deep sea ports in the North East of England, 83% of the world’s largest cargo ships can be accommodated at the Port of Tyne.

During a decade of development, the Port of Tyne has invested over £130million in diversifying its operations to handle a growing range of commodities.