YRC companies enhance U.S.-Canada service, earn Peru contract

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YRC Inc. and YRC Reimer in Canada, both subsidiaries of YRC Worldwide, announced that they have enhanced their northbound and southbound service between the United States and Canada by reducing transit times in 5,500 lanes, effective immediately. Another subsidiary, YRC Logistics, announced a new three-year service agreement with Minera Chinalco Peru S.A. for logistics activities supporting the construction of the Toromocho Project.

YRC and YRC Reimer say they can provide a seamless experience through the availability of YRC Border Ambassadors — who work with customers to ensure proper shipment documentation — and integrated customs brokerage services through affiliated broker YRC Logistics. Customs brokerage is provided free of charge when new customers book guaranteed or expedited shipments.

“We are dedicated to providing comprehensive transportation solutions, which means continual enhancement of our services and our networks,” says Mike Smid, president of YRC Inc. and chief operations officer of YRC Worldwide, based in Overland Park, Kan. “As we expand our cross-border services provided by YRC, and YRC Reimer, reducing transit times is one more way we can offer better predictability and more precise delivery options.”

YRC also is border-security compliant and certified in the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program, as well as the Canada Partners in Protection (PIP) program; the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program of the Canadian and U.S. governments; and the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) program.

The company says that through certification in these programs, the efforts of the YRC Border Ambassadors and integrated customs brokerage services, shipments clear the border in minutes, and 98 percent of all shipments are prereleased before they reach the border; with one call and one carrier, customers also enjoy better control and improved shipment visibility, as well as the convenience of one itemized invoice for transportation, brokerage services, duties and taxes.

The Toromocho Project is a large copper-molybdenum open-pit mine located in the mountainous region east of Lima, with a 25-year lifespan. Production is projected at 273,000 tons of copper annually, generating an estimated 25 percent increase in copper production in the region. Currently, prices for copper are up due to strong demand in the China manufacturing sector. YRC Logistics will begin moving materials in late 2009 and anticipates copper production beginning in the first quarter of 2012.

“As the leading logistics provider in the mining and energy industries, we are honored and eager to apply a broad range of capabilities to this project,” says John Carr, president of YRC Logistics, based in Overland Park, Kan. “As with any project we are awarded, our primary goal is to deliver innovative and reliable supply-chain and logistics solutions, ensuring our customers have the highest level of confidence in our company.”

YRC Logistics will manage the project door-to-door using a dedicated staff located in Lima, and supported by the company’s operations in Houston, Los Angeles and Miami in the United States, and China and Europe. Services will include transportation management, purchase order management, international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, warehousing and delivery to the jobsite.