[photopress:APL.jpg,full,alignright]Trucking juggernaut Con-way Freight of San Mateo has linked up with ocean transportation giant APL of Oakland to jointly create a faster, guaranteed service on shipments from China to the West Coast and the rest of the country.
David McClimon, president of Con-way Freight, said, ‘We’re seeing more and more assembly overseas and we’re looking at ways to tap into it and bring it overseas faster.’
The new local service from shipping giant APL is controlled solely by APL and Con-way. It’s a guaranteed service to shippers of goods from North China, South China and Hong Kong. If the goods are late, the importer gets a 20 percent discount.
According to MergeGlobal, a transportation and logistics management consulting firm, imports into North America from China have averaged a 15.7 percent annual growth rate by shipping container since 2000. And between 2005 and 2010, imports of consumer goods from China to the United States are expected to grow by 3 million containers, or 60 percent.
John Bowe, president of the Americas for APL, the Oakland-based ocean shipping group, said, ‘Our customers have an increasing need for predictability and reliability on this China freight, and we’re trying to meet the demand.’
Trucking giant Yellow’s parent recently bought half interest in a Shanghai freight forwarding company to create a China-based transportation joint venture. That means more China freight for Kansas-based Yellow since ‘its newest interest is the second largest freight forwarder in China.’
Source: Inside Bay Area
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