Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

Chamber International provides money-saving export solution for Harris Group

Five electric light commercial vehicles have been temporarily exported to Ireland for an exhibition to showcase a leading range of eLCVs to boost EV sales, and help combat climate change, with support from overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Leeds office of global freight forwarding company, Uniexpress, worked with Chamber International to transport the vehicles, worth almost £190,000 from the Warrington HQ of commercial vehicle importer and distributor, Harris Group.

The vehicles were used for Harris Group’s inaugural Experience Electric with Maxus at Mondello Park recently, organised for industry and commercial buyers, local authorities, government agencies and regulatory bodies.

To bypass the introduction of full customs controls following Brexit, Uniexpress were advised by Chamber International to use an ATA Carnet, a duty and tax-free way to temporarily export goods, replacing the usual commercial and customs declarations and saving award-winning Harris Group almost £19,000 in import duties.

Harris Maxus general manager, Mark Barrett, said: “We brought future variant models worked up for some UK customers to demonstrate our range of eLCVs to suit all sectors in the Irish market.

“Maxus, which launched in the UK and Ireland in 2016, is enjoying significant success in the electric vehicle (EV) market. Between March 2021 and April 2022 more than 17,000 eLCVs were UK registered with Maxus capturing an 11 per cent market share. The growing interest in eLCVs to help combat climate change, particularly from the grocery, delivery and pharmaceutical sectors, is phenomenal.

“We couldn’t be happier with Chamber International’s advice and support which, together with Uniexpress, has been an essential link in our supply chain.”

Dublin-based Harris Group, founded more than 50 years ago, imports its Maxus range from SAIC Maxus, China’s leading automotive and EV manufacturer. Maxus recently won best manufacturer award at the Business Van Awards 2022 where the Maxus eDeliver 9 also won the Best Large E-Van category.

Harris Group will be exhibiting at this year’s Auto Trade EXPO, which takes place from Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16 at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin.