In August 2013, Port of Tauranga entered into a strategic alliance with PrimePort Timaru that heralded a new era for New Zealand freight. As part of this alliance, Port of Tauranga acquired the container terminal operating assets of PrimePort and set up a new Port of Tauranga Limited wholly owned subsidiary, Timaru Container Terminal, to operate the terminal effective from 28 November 2013.
This alliance with PrimePort allowed South Island exporters and importers to benefit from a large number of international services that call at Tauranga, share the significant freight savings that will come with the arrival in New Zealand of the next generation of large ships and benefit from Port of Tauranga’s container terminal expertise and world class productivity.
Then in June of 2014 Port of Tauranga welcomed new partner Kotahi into the ownership of the terminal. Kotahi purchased 49.9%.