Old Dominion creates joint LCL service with Asian shipper

by Canadian Shipper

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — OD Global has linked up with Hanjin Logistics to create a joint guaranteed less-then-container load (LCL) service from China to the US.


OD Global, a division of Old Dominion Freight Line, and Hanjin Logistics, a subsidiary of global shipping company Hanjin Shipping, have dubbed the new offering “Pacific Promise.”


Officials say the new service will allow importers to move LCL quantities with a much higher degree of velocity, predictability and visibility than has been possible using standard LCL.


“The new joint service harnesses the combined strengths of the Old Dominion network in North America with the Hanjin Logistics infrastructure in Asia and the capability of an industry-leading shipping company, Hanjin Shipping,” said Greg Plemmons, vice-president of Old Dominion Global. “Pacific Promise is about velocity and predictability for our customers who are sourcing products in China. They will be able to remove days and dollars from their supply chain while placing their products on US shelves sooner.”


“We are most excited by the potential of this new alliance,” stated Rod Miller, managing director of Hanjin Logistics. “There are significant similarities between our respective companies in terms of our goal to provide the import/export community with innovative transportation solutions.”


Pacific Promise will provide standard guaranteed transit times and simplified rates from three origin ports in China to virtually the entire US, company officials say. Customers will also be able to check rates, create bookings and track shipments on both Old Dominion’s and Hanjin Logistics’ Web sites. “We were careful to create a rating and booking process that is very simple for the customer to use,” said Plemmons. “Plus, we give the customer the ability to track the progress of their shipment using their Old Dominion pro number.”


Rates are expressed as a simple single rate per cubic metre that will be slightly greater than standard LCL but up to 75% less than air freight, officials said. “Customers will be able to shave 10-plus days off their standard LCL transit times using Pacific Promise,” stated Miller. “Based on conversations with our customers, we believe the need for this type of product spans many types of importers.”


The service will be offered from the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong to the US ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles beginning April 1, but Plemmons says they will be looking to expand in the future.

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