Supercharged shipment handled by Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport

Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport’s weekly Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8 Freighter service to Hong Kong continues to open new export possibilities for the Queensland region.

Today’s cargo was a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, imported by a local Brisbane company SCD American Vehicles that remanufactures them to right-hand drive for domestic and international sale.

These cars produce 707 horsepower from the factory floor. They are powered by a supercharged 6.2L SRT Hellcat Hemi V8 Engine and once fully converted and compliant to Australian standards, retail for about A$170,000.

Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport general manager, Sara Hales said it is “always exciting” to see a unique piece of cargo like it handled today.

She said: “The freighter service is perfectly positioned to facilitate the export of fresh produce and chilled beef to major markets in China. It is, however currently servicing a very diverse client base as freight forwarders begin to learn about the significant scope and capabilities of the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and Cathay Pacific Operation.”

Hales added: “It is great to see SCD American Vehicles leading in the export of remanufactured vehicles from Queensland. Seeing them use the Cathay Pacific service today is a great example of the airports’ capability to handle all types of cargo from Queensland exporters.”

Cargoclear International’s James Chalmers, who was in charge of forwarding for the vehicle said: “The car was purchased by a person in Hong Kong, we were originally going to ship it in a container however the new owner had other ideas and couldn’t wait that long.

“With a hefty price tag already on the vehicle, the owner wanted it sent over via AIR Freight – seemingly desperate to get their hands on the car no matter the cost.

“The great news here was our knowledge about the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and their weekly service directly to HKG. The American muscle car has come all the way from the States, endured the conversion to RHD, polished up and sent to Toowoomba for a first-class ride to HKG via Wellcamp.”