Commenting on the occasion, Koo said, “Exports have been integral to HMIL and we are happy to have had a great partnership with the Chennai Port which has only grown and strengthened over the years.  This association has not only helped catapult Hyundai as the No.1 exporter for over a decade but also helped HMIL play a critical role in Hyundai’s global operations.”
Before actual agreement was drafted in 2006 between both the parties, Hyundai had been using the port since company’s inception in India in 1996, while exporting of cars began from 2000 onwards. Interestingly, before entering into a formal contract, the Korean automaker had exported over three lakh units across the globe from the Chennai Port.

It was a symbiotic relationship that not only helped Hyundai to export its cars, but also played a crucial role in the port's development. For instance, the carmaker lent its support in making the coastal RoRo voyages a reality in India. Earlier, Hyundai shipped 800 cars to Pipavav from Chennai Port on February 5, 2016.

George said, “This partnership has been a win win proposition for both organisations not only in the past decade but also wish that this partnership continues to grow in the decades to come. Chennai Port is a pioneer in car exports and we have one of the best facilities. I applaud the initiatives taken by M/s. Hyundai Motor India and am happy that we have been able to partner them in their success. Chennai Port is always open to new ideas and I hope this serves as an example for other exporters to use our services.”

With Hyundai being the country’s largest car exporter, the Chennai port is likely to see an increase in car exports from the carmaker as the demand for Hyundai vehicles paces up globally. Hyundai currently exports its entire range including the EON, i10, Grand i10, Xcent, Elite i20, i20 Active, Verna and the Creta to 92 countries.