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Tesla ends contract to prepare Model 3 for delivery in Europe a week after first ship

A week after the first shipment of Model 3 vehicles arrived in Europe, Tesla is reportedly ending its contract with the company preparing the vehicles at the port due to complications.

As we reported last week, Tesla received its first massive shipment of Model 3 vehicles at the Zeebrugge port for European deliveries, which started a day later.

CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla experienced some difficulties handling the shipment at the port.

It resulted in many buyers having their delivery delayed.

The automaker had reportedly hired a company called ICO to handle 3,000 Model 3’s per week coming to Europe, but Belgium news is now reporting that ICO will no longer prepare the vehicles after unloading them from the ships.

According to the reports, Tesla has decided to handle the delivery preparation of Model 3 itself in order to accelerate the process.

The decision came after Musk visited the Zeebrugge port and there was also a day-long national strike that affected port workers and reportedly resulted in delaying some Tesla deliveries.

We contacted Tesla about the situation, but the company didn’t issue a comment.

ICO is still involved in some parts of the process, but about 100 ICO workers hired specifically for the Model 3 contract were reportedly told not to show up to work.

There are several more ships with Model 3 vehicles currently on their way to the Zeebrugge port as Tesla ramps up Model 3 deliveries in Europe.

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