APL Logistics debuts 53-foot containers in North America
Singapore, 16 Jun 2011
APL Logistics said today it has begun to deploy its own fleet of 53-foot containers in the North American domestic intermodal market. The third party logistics operator’s first boxes hit highways and railroads in the region at the end of May. The fleet is expected to reach 1,000 units by end August, and in excess of that before the year is up.
APL Logistics’ move to launch its own fleet of containers comes at a time when an industry-wide equipment crunch introduces greater uncertainty into supply chains of manufacturers and retailers across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Fifty-three footers are the most commonly-sized containers in North America. The new additions supplement containers provided by APL Logistics’ railroad partners, thereby giving it access to an overall bigger pool of equipment for reliable freight deployment within the region.
“Service consistency has always been a key promise of the APL Logistics brand,” said Dave Howland, APL Logistics’ Vice President for Land Transport Services. “We’re putting our own containers into the market to better assure our North American customers of equipment availability and uninterrupted freight services.”
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APL Logistics provides international, integrated supply chain services in more than 50 countries, including both origin and destination services such as freight consolidation, warehousing and distribution management. It uses innovative IT for maximum supply chain visibility and control. APL Logistics is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global cargo transportation and logistics company.