Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations will service the Northeast through a new contract with an auto processing company at the Port of Baltimore.

The automaker signed a five-year deal with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Amports that will bring about 65,000 Mazdas annually from Japan to Amports' Chesapeake Auto Terminal at the port.

Vehicles expected to come through the port include the MX-5 Miata, Mazda 2, Mazda 6, CX-5 and CX-9.

Amports processes more than 1 million vehicles annually at its nine port facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and works with several automotive brands, including Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Honda, Ford and Chrysler.

About 652,000 vehicles passed through the Port of Baltimore last year, up 18% from a year earlier, according to the Maryland Port Administration.