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Jackson, MS TOFC Intermodal Service To Laredo, TX

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Posted by Averitt Express on Jun 2, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Streamline Deliveries To South Texas And Mexico

When it comes to distribution in Southern Texas and across the border, few cities compare strategically to Laredo. Due to its proximity to the border city of Nuevo Laredo, this transportation hub provides quick access to the interior of Mexico for shippers and their supply chains.

As businesses look to shore up their transportation costs and practices, more shippers are finding value in utilizing intermodal service to Laredo, TX. Intermodal solutions out of Jackson can cut transportation costs while at the same time ensure that capacity is available to counteract the rising capacity demand in the traditional truckload sector. 

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Eastbound Trailer on Flat Car: Long Beach TOFC to Memphis

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Posted by Averitt Express on Jun 2, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Are you looking to balance supply chain costs with transit times? Your answer might be Intermodal TOFC, or Trailer on Flat Car service, from the West Coast.

With a majority of international shipments going through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, California, moving freight across the entire country to destinations throughout the South by traditional over-the-road (OTR) trucking may not be the most cost-effective solution.

In many cases, our Eastbound Trailer on Flat Car Service provides customers with capacity and cost savings that they won’t find with other transportation options.

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Five Must-Know Tips For Shipping LTL To Mexico

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Posted by Averitt Express on May 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to U.S. export value, only a handful of other countries can compete against Mexico. In fact, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the country ranked second overall in 2013 with a total export value of $226.2 billion. As you can imagine, there is ample opportunity for American businesses to become involved in international trade and cross-border shipping. Securing customers across the border is only the first step though.

Eventually, businesses have to decide how they will transport their goods across the border or how to optimize a preexisting supply chain for Mexican expansion. Most exporters utilize a mixture of American and Mexican carriers that specialize in cross-border less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) services, such as Averitt. Additionally, a few situations may even benefit from the use of U.S.-to-Mexico intermodal (rail), air or ocean services.

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Introducing Two-Day Freight Service From Lexington To Miami

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Posted by Averitt Express on Mar 31, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When it comes to shipping less-than-truckload (LTL) freight, we know that transit times directly impact your customers and your bottom line. As a leader in LTL and TL transportation in the South for more than 40 years, we are continually improving our service capabilities and transit times to meet your needs.

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PMA and ILWU Reach West Coast Port Agreement

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Posted by Averitt Express on Feb 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Just as the media seemed poised to run headlines decrying the complete shutdown of operations at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced this past Friday evening that a tentative agreement had been reached.

“After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is good for workers for the industry,” said PMA president James McKenna and ILWU president Bob McEllrath in a joint statement. “We are also pleased that our ports can now resume full operations.”

The months-long labor dispute at 29 West Coast ports created a massive backlog of cargo that has disrupted the flow of freight across the entire country. The congestion had forced container ships to anchor at bay for weeks at a time before being unloaded and had also caused critical slowdowns in intermodal and truck transportation services. Delivery times had moved from an average of 20 to 30 days to as much as 90 days since the beginning of the crisis last July.

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Planned Temporary Operational Suspension Dates

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Posted by Averitt Express on Feb 13, 2015 11:39:00 AM

For the second time in less than a week, the PMA imposed a partial shutdown of operations at all 29 West Coast ports on Thursday (2/12). The organization also announced that the loading and unloading of vessels will also be suspended over the weekend (2/14-15) and through Monday (2/16).

Note, other operations at the ports, including the loading of containers on to trucks, will still be in operation. The situation is ongoing and very fragile as both sides of the dispute ramp up rhetoric and threats of worker lockouts and strikes. Our international team of experts are constantly monitoring the situation and working with customers to identify solutions. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our team at 1-866-208-0167.

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The West Coast Port Issues, Fallout, and Solutions

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Posted by Averitt Express on Feb 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

After port congestion caused by the labor crisis between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached critical levels, the PMA temporarily suspended all vessel loading and unloading operations at the West Coast’s 29 ports this past weekend. The PMA’s decision to halt vessel operations, which resumed on Monday, was carried out in an effort to move through the backlog of containers that has been building up over the past several months.

Since July 1, 2014 (when the ILWU’s contract ran out), the two organizations have been engaged in a bitter back-and-forth exchange of words and demands. Having failed thus far to come to any sort of agreement, the problem has fallen primarily on the backs of importers, exporters, and businesses across the U.S. that rely on goods sent to and from Asia.

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Virco Saves Up To $1 Million with Averitt

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Posted by Averitt Express on Jan 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

For the third year in a row, we’re pleased to announce that Averitt has been honored with the prestigious Alliance Award. Presented by World Trade 100 magazine and trade association SMC3, Averitt, manufacturer Virco, and The Reliance Network were recognized for working closely together to optimize Virco’s supply chain.

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Averitt Express Service Alert: Horizon lines Exits U.S. to Puerto Rico Trade Route

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Posted by Averitt Express on Jan 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM
Horizon Lines, a long-time maritime carrier between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, has ceased all vessel operations as of January 2015. Prior to its exit, Horizon accounted for nearly 30 percent of all container volume that was transported between the Port of Jacksonville in Florida and the Caribbean island.

How this affects shippers today

Due to the loss of Horizon’s vessels, transportation capacity within the U.S.-Puerto Rico oceanic trade lane has become drastically tightened. The capacity shortage has resulted in industry-wide delays for shippers as the remaining maritime transportation companies work quickly to accommodate market demand.

The delay means that some cargo may sit for longer periods of time at the Port of Jacksonville’s cargo terminal. Additionally, maritime transportation rates between the U.S. and Puerto Rico may also experience rate increases as vessel operators tackle increased demand.

Addressing the capacity issue

The three remaining oceanic lines — Sea Star, Crowley Maritime, and Trailer Bridge — are taking several steps, both short- and long-term, to accommodate the change in market.

Sea Star and Crowley, for example, have taken the following measures:

  • Additional weekly barge services – Sea Star began a new weekly barge service on Jan. 22, and Crowley recently announced that it will add another vessel to its barge service, increasing trips between Jacksonville and San Juan to four per week.
  • Sea Star buys two LNG-powered Marlin Class vessels – Vessels will have capacity of 3,100 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) units, and the first ship is slated for delivery this October.
  • New Crowley vessels slated for 2017 launch – Construction of two LNG-fueled vessels to replace older barges kicked off in late January. When completed, they will carry up to 2,400 TEUs and 400 vehicles.

Though transit times by barge are up to three days slower than traditional container vessels, the additions will help ease the capacity problem.

How Averitt can help you

Averitt is constantly monitoring the situation to enable our customers to make the best choices regarding their shipments and supply chain that require transportation between the U.S. and Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

With the current situation, many customers may benefit from taking advantage of the barge services offered by Sea Star, Crowley and Trailer Bridge. Additionally, Averitt can work with shippers to explore the option of expedited services to Puerto Rico for time-sensitive shipments.

Our Puerto Rico Team is on-hand to discuss your concerns and needs at 1-866-208-0167 or by email.

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Averitt earns third-straight Carrier of the Year award from Walmart

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn (February 25, 2014) — Make it a threepeat for Averitt Express. The transportation provider was named Walmart’s LTL Regional Carrier of the Year for the third-straight year.

This is also the fourth time in six years that Averitt has been recognized by the retailer. In addition to the three regional carrier awards, Averitt also earned the 2008 Rising Star Award from Walmart.

“When Walmart chooses a carrier partnership, we look for companies who provide outstanding service, effective communication, and for a company that will exemplify Walmart’s mission to ‘Save people money so they can live better,’” Kevin Jones, Walmart vice president of inbound transportation, said in a letter of commendation. “Averitt Express has continued to provide Walmart with exceptional service while maintaining excellent safety standards.”

Jones also cited Averitt’s ability to exceed Walmart’s expectations for prompt and professional service.

“Our team’s most valuable asset is our people. Averitt associates make every effort to satisfy our customers and deliver outstanding service,” said Gary Sasser, Averitt’s president and CEO. “We’re honored when customers like Walmart feel that our efforts are worthy of recognition. This is truly a team effort, and we’re proud of how our associates continue to rise to challenges and follow through on our commitments to our customers.”

Averitt is one of several regional LTL carriers that provide transportation from thousands of vendors to Walmart’s distribution centers. Often, these shipments are held to strict must-arrive-by-date (MABD) standards, and Averitt has proven to be successful at meeting those requirements.

ABOUT AVERITT EXPRESS

Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. Averitt specializes in delivering customized solutions for service offerings that include climate controlled, cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, retail distribution services, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing services. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), and transportation and operations management systems. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit AverittExpress.com.

From: https://www.averittexpress.com/public/aboutUs/newsRoom/newsReleases/2014/averitt-named-walmart-carrier-of-the-year.jsp

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