Japanese earthquake may impact vehicle imports
Another month could possibly be added to the length of time it takes for vehicles exported from Japan to reach The Bahamas, said a car dealership executive, with last week’s deadly tsunami leading to the closure of the Honda factories that send some of those cars out.
“The cars that are already produced and waiting to leave usually take about six weeks to get here,”Nassau Motors Operations Manager Rick Lowe toldGuardian Businessyesterday.”It could be nine to ten weeks now without vehicles imported.
“We know the Honda factories have been closed for the weekend… and we know the research and development center was badly damaged. But other than that, we’re not aware of any real anticipated disruption to Honda other than people getting their lives back together.”
A formal update on the situation from Japan is expected to be released today. Like many other dealerships throughout the country, Nassau Motors orders some of its vehicles from Japan, like the Honda CRV, for example.
Lowe said once things steady on that Asian nation, there may be a surge in water-damaged vehicles being sent to The Bahamas, though nothing has been confirmed.
On Friday, a catastrophic tsunami unleashed by Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast. Hundreds of people were killed as everything from ships, cars and homes were washed away and widespread fires burned in its wake.
The earthquake also created waves which washed ashore on Hawaii and the U.S. west coast, where evacuations were ordered from California to Washington. Little damage was reported, however.