Post-Production Operations

Abbreviation for Post Production Operation

What does PPO refer to?

PPO consists in preparing a vehicle for it to match a particular demand. Once the vehicle has been produced, it is customised according to the end customer’s requirements. PPO for new or used vehicles therefore meets the specific needs and demands expressed by the customer. In response to the market in which customers live, vehicles require various internal and external work - such as the addition of certain accessories, the integration of options such as GPS, an alarm system, a tracking device, etc. PPO also covers any work done to commercial vehicles requiring a roof box or rack. The outside of the vehicle is prepared to meet the customers’ marketing needs.

PPO operators also prepare the vehicles before they are integrated into sales or logistical fleets. This is known as the pre-delivery inspection. This consists in running in-depth quality checks in accordance with manufacturer specifications. The vehicle is then finally delivered.

PPO meets vehicle customisation requests

PPO stakeholders meet the requests expressed by any actor within the automotive industry:

  • Manufacturers;
  • Dealerships;
  • Distribution networks;
  • Rental agencies and fleet managers.

PPO operators are able to provide a comprehensive range of services, from simple accessories to radical changes made to the vehicle:

  • Vehicle customisation, including safety symbols or customer logos, as well as any kind of embedded electronics and driving aids;
  • Fitting external accessories such as roof racks, sirens, tow bars, etc.;
  • Full inner lay-out for commercial vehicles, including internal protections, transformation of private vehicles into utility ones, etc.;
  • Modifying new vehicles to create limited editions, using interior and exterior accessories, as well as modifications made to the bodywork and mechanics.

Examples and practical applications

PPO: an integrated logistical solution


  • Vehicle receipt;
  • Storage in car parks dedicated to commercial or electrical vehicles, etc.;
  • Ensuring maintenance for stored vehicles in strict compliance with manufacturer specifications;
  • Customs warehousing.

PPOs (Post Production Operations)

  • Vehicle customisation;
  • Fitting accessories;
  • Lay-out for commercial vehicles;
  • Creation of limited editions;
  • Vehicle fleet preparation for key accounts;
  • Transforming private vehicles into commercial ones;
  • Quality control. 

NVP (new vehicle preparation) consists in running an electrical diagnosis, doing test drives on tracks, mechanical checks, cleaning inside and outside the vehicle, “smart repair” preparation (bodywork and paint, repairing any scratches).

How does PPO unfold from order to delivery?

  • PPO services are ordered via a dedicated website, presenting the various accessories, options and services;
  • Spare parts are ordered by the PPO service provider;
  • The order is verified by a specialised team;
  • The vehicle is stored in a warehouse or car park;
  • Customisation and preparation takes place in workshops or factories, in accordance with the manufacturer’s or end customer’s specifications;
  • A pre-delivery inspection or quality inspection may be conducted;
  • Logistical transport for all types of vehicles;
  • Delivery to the end customer.

To add value to your logistics, PPO operators offer to convey vehicles via all means of transport. Rail transport generates the best value for money. It is the most high-performance in terms of lead times and compliance with vehicle integrity, and strongly reduces CO² emissions.

Regulatory cornerstones

The following types of goods can apply for this scheme:

  • Non-Community goods free of any customs duties;
  • “Community goods, where Community legislation governing specific fields provides that their being placed in a customs warehouse shall attract the application of measures normally attaching to the export of such goods.” (Art. 98, letter B from EEC regulation no. 2913/1992) (Source: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/FR/TXT/?uri=CELEX:31992R2913).