ABF launches Ocean LTL

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ABF announced that it has expanded its portfolio of global solutions to include Ocean LTL: a single-contact expedited less-than-container-load/less-than-truckload supply chain solution for customers who import from manufacturing centers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“By combining ABF’s innovative Dual-System Network with top-tier NVOCC shipping, ABF is able to provide reliable global shipping solutions that offer importers unparalleled control and visibility,” says Roy Slagle, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Fort Smith Ark.-based companyu, referring to ABF’s status as a nonvessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC). “Our new Ocean LTL service is a great compliment to our already successful FCL (full-container-load) business, which has been around since 2006.”

A service offered through ABF Global Supply Chain Services division, Ocean LTL features guaranteed weekly departures on a fixed day and schedule, which enables ABF to expedite shipments up to 40 percent faster than traditional LCL sources. Long-term planning is enhanced by advanced scheduling for consolidation and departures. In transit, virtual warehousing and dynamic rerouting enable on-the-water inventory allocation and order fulfillment directly from the container to the end-user or multiple delivery locations.

“ABF handles everything,” Slagle says. “We’re a synchronized local, regional and transcontinental motor carrier, a nonvessel-operating common carrier and a global logistics service provider, linked together by a state-of-the-art technology platform.”