National Retail Systems to comply with L.A. port’s Clean Truck Program

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National Retail Systems, a provider of global logistics services to America’s retailers, announced it has submitted a letter of intent to the Port of Los Angeles committing to a pier trucking fleet that meets the standards of the Clean Truck Program. NRS says it is fully prepared to comply with new trucking regulations set to take effect on Oct. 1 under the port’s CTP, using company equipment that meets the port’s restrictions.

NRS also plans to expand its environmentally sensitive pier fleet in southern California in the coming year. Starting Oct. 1, NRS says it will deploy a Clean Truck pier fleet with capacity to handle 70,000 TEU imports per year; the company plans to increase the fleet to handle 300,000 TEU imports per year by the end of 2009.

“Our retail customers rely on us for speed, flexibility and control at the gateway ports on both coasts,” says Raymond Wisniewski, president and chief operating officer of Secaucus, N.J.-based NRS. “Southern California will continue to be a critical hub for inbound logistics, and we’re prepared to maintain our leading competitive position in this market for the sake of our customers.”

NRS operates an automated distribution center and additional facilities totaling 1.2 million square feet within a 10-mile range of the Port of Los Angeles. NRS says this strategic position allows it to integrate pier drayage directly into the retail supply chain, offering customers a turnkey distribution solution supported by NRS’s real-time Web-based visibility system.