SINGAPORE and SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
OceanGuaranteed(SM), the time definite, less-than-container-load (LCL)
cargo service to the U.S., today introduced four new origin ports in Asia,
the first major expansion of the product since it was introduced last
summer by APL Logistics and Con-way Freight (NYSE: CNW).
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Beginning this month, LCL customers can use OceanGuaranteed(SM) to ship
from four ports in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. The new origins,
added to a service that already includes three ports in central and south
China, will greatly expand options for shippers seeking port-to-door
delivery to the U.S.
In addition, the expanded service will retain its simplified per-kilo,
zone-based pricing structure, so customers pay the same price from any of
the seven origin ports.
"Expanded port coverage, same simple pricing structure -- this proves
our commitment to OceanGuaranteed(SM) and to customers who need
reliability, time certainty, and cost effectiveness for their LCL cargo,"
said Brian Lutt, President of APL Logistics.
"Customers have told us they want more and better service options for
managing global freight and rapidly bringing it to market -- without
breaking their transportation budgets," said David McClimon, President of
Con-way Freight. "OceanGuaranteed(SM) is their answer."
APL Logistics and Con-Way teamed up to introduce OceanGuaranteed(SM) in
September 2006 as a premium ocean LCL/domestic U.S. LTL service providing
day- definite delivery and fast transit times for Asia export cargoes.
Considered a cost-effective alternative to air freight, the program is
designed to speed shipments from Asia to the U.S., providing cycle time
consistency and reliability with a money-back transit time guarantee.
The program was launched providing service from Hong Kong, Shanghai and
Shenzhen in China, to all continental U.S. destinations served by Con-way
Freight. On Jan. 22, new service will commence from Kaoshiung, Taiwan and
Yokohama, Japan. On Jan. 29, service will commence from Singapore and
OceanGuaranteed(SM) service features include:
-- Expedited handling and processing, including late-gate privileges at
origin, "hot stow" priority shipboard stowage on the vessel, and "last
on, first off" loading/unloading for rapid discharge at the destination
-- For C-TPAT certified customers, OceanGuaranteed shipments are
segregated and loaded in containers dedicated exclusively for
C-TPAT-certified shipments - minimizing the chance of potential delay
from non C-TPAT shippers, and allowing these cargoes to be "green
laned" by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
-- Web-based shipment tracking, providing shipment details, transit
updates, and Customs status 24/7.
-- Shipments that fail to meet the delivery-day commitment receive a 20
percent discount, subject to the terms of the service guarantee.
APL Logistics serves as the overall program manager and the carrier of
record for shipments tendered on APL Logistics through bills of lading. APL
Logistics will handle all in-country shipment management services in China,
Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. Ocean carriage will be provided by APL
Logistics' sister company, APL. Con-way will manage receipt of ocean
containers and deconsolidation in Los Angeles and delivery of cargo as LTL
shipments to the customer's door in the U.S.
About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is a transportation and services company that provides
day-definite less-than-truckload freight delivery services for commercial
and industrial businesses in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and
Mexico. All Con-way Freight operating components are ISO certified for 9001
and 14001, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE and CSA certified and FAST highway carriers.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of San Mateo, California-based Con-way
Inc., a $4.2 billion freight transportation, logistics, supply chain
management and trailer manufacturing company. Further information about
Con-way Freight and additional press releases are available via the
Internet at www.con-way.com.
About APL Logistics
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. APL Logistics Web site . . .
SOURCE Con-Way Freight