APL launches accelerated China-US intermodal product
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Source: Lloyd's Loading List
Dedicated chassis, faster truck turnarounds and expedited rail service seeks to break the congestion knot at west coast terminals
CMA CGM’s APL unit is seeking to solve the hinterland congestion problem that has been plaguing shippers and cargo owners at US west coast ports, with the introduction of an express rail service.
The EXX RailFlash service, which will run from Los Angeles to Chicago, Memphis, Dallas and Kansas City, promises an express rail transfer that will deliver cargoes to the US inland at least four days earlier than a typical ocean and land transit.
“Designed for an expeditious domestic relay that follows the fast 11-day Shanghai-Los Angeles ocean leg, EXX RailFlash will significantly shave off days of inland cargo transits from Los Angeles,” said APL vice-president Jesper Stenbak.
An EXX shipment from Shanghai that used the EXX RailFlash service would arrive in Chicago in 16 days, compared to the usual 23-30 days, according to APL.
“During a time when the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach is congested, EXX RailFlash potentially takes even more days off,” the company said.
Customers using the priority EXX service get same-day cargo availability at the Fenix Marine Services terminal in Los Angeles, with dedicated chassis and immediate drayage to the off-dock rail ramp. Hauliers picking up EXX containers get priority access to the terminal.
“The service does not only secure shippers guaranteed equipment and vessel space at the Chinese load ports, but also reliable fast China-US West Coast ocean transit,” Mr Stenbak said.
“With EXX RailFlash, we sure up inland freight capacity and reliability of our EXX cargo, navigating the North American equipment and transportation crunch.”