ABF announced on Monday, Jan. 3, that it now provides single-contact door delivery for customers shipping to the Dominican Republic. ABF says it expanded its Caribbean coverage in response to increased demand for shipping solutions from customers taking advantage of opportunities created by the United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, known informally as CAFTA. The Dominican Republic also serves as a staging ground for rebuilding efforts in neighboring Haiti.
“As shippers look to ABF for innovative global supply chain solutions, we will continue to expand our global reach and develop new ways to help customers excel in a global economy,” says Roy Slagle, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Fort Smith, Ark.-based company. “Customers appreciate the predictability and reliability ABF brings to their global supply chains by providing a boutique of comprehensive, end-to-end, single-source solutions.”
The CAFTA agreement eliminates barriers to trade and investment among its seven signatories: Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States. The agreement opens new commercial opportunities for U.S. companies and U.S. operations of foreign companies with these Central American and Caribbean countries. CAFTA also enhances those countries’ access to the U.S. markets and establishes common regulatory and environmental standards.