Transportation & Services Update
• Maersk Container Industry expanded its reefer container system for the ocean transport of high-value fresh produce. By controlling the ripening process, the new Star Cool CA+ system keeps sensitive low-respiring perishables such as blueberries and lychee in optimal condition so they don’t over-ripen or decay in transit. Compared to high-respiring perishables such as bananas and avocados, low-respiring perishables require a different atmosphere composition in the container.
• Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport is adding refrigeration capabilities to better serve shippers of perishable goods. It will install a cold chain facility that will be operated by AirLogistix USA. Expected to be operational in summer 2017, the transfer facility gives DFW the ability to precisely control warehousing temperatures for shipments of pharmaceuticals, flowers, and fresh foods.
• Roadrunner Transportation Systems launched Roadrunner Temperature Controlled, which combines transportation providers M. Bruenger and R&M Transportation. The service provides transportation solutions for frozen foods, meat, seafood, produce, beverages, ice cream, pharmaceutical goods, and other products requiring temperature-controlled transit. It offers Hazmat and SmartWay certifications, real-time load tracking, EDI, and FMSA compliance.
• Online marketplace BuildDirect opened its global supply chain platform for heavyweight goods, giving any third party the ability to access its network for any part of the shipping process, from point of manufacture through last-mile delivery. The platform provides options for delivering heavyweight products from anywhere in the world to homes across North America.
• Averitt Express now provides single due date delivery service to help retail suppliers meet product delivery windows to distribution centers and stores. The freight transportation provider offers the option as a standard service with no upcharges.
• DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight division within Deutsche Post DHL Group, started a direct LCL service from New York to Cartagena, Colombia. DHL’s LCL offering allows U.S. exporters and Colombian importers to ship cargo from New York directly, rather than routing via Miami. The weekly service offers a nine-day transit from New York to Cartagena, a key entrance point for petrochemicals and agricultural commodities.
• CaroTrans, a global non-vessel-operating common carrier and ocean freight consolidator, started a direct weekly LCL service from Milan to Miami. Main U.S. imports from Italy include beverages, industrial machinery and engines, autos, pharmaceuticals, and footwear. The Milan-Miami service, a 14-day transit, is CaroTrans’ fourth direct service from Milan to the United States.
• Crowley Maritime’s liner services group expanded its ocean container transportation services by adding a weekly sailing connecting Jacksonville and Port Everglades, Fla., more directly with Manzanillo, Panama. Two Crowley 1,100-TEU containerships now alternate carrying cargo southbound from Jacksonville on Thursday and Port Everglades on Friday before arriving in Kingston, Jamaica, on Sunday; Limon, Costa Rica, on Tuesday; and Manzanillo on Thursday.