Old Dominion adds 10 Asian ports to Pacific Promise service

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Old Dominion Freight Line announced an expansion of its Pacific Promise less-than-containerload service to 10 additional ports in eight countries on the continent. The company says the expansion follows a 40 percent increase in shipments from Asia in 2011.

With the expansion, Old Dominion now serves 23 ports in 10 countries throughout Asia. The new ports are located in Manila, Philippines; Singapore; Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia; Penang and Port Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Busan, Korea.

Launched in China in 2009 and expanded in 2010 and 2011 to Taiwan, Pacific Promise provides businesses with standard guaranteed transit times and simplified rates from the 23 ports in Asia to any destination in the United States. The service also includes port-to-door tracking of all shipments.

“In an average month, we move shipments between the U.S. and more than 40 countries, with a significant amount of that freight to and from Asia,” says Greg Plemmons, vice president of OD-Global, an international shipping division of Old Dominion. “Expanding Pacific Promise to include the countries in Asia to which our customers most frequently ship gives them greater access to our reliable and cost-efficient service. The result is an increase in supply chain efficiency, thereby saving our customers time and money.”

Pacific Promise, a service offered through OD-Global, is available to companies in a number of categories, including those importing and exporting high-value and time-sensitive goods. ODFL says the service’s advantages, such as efficiency and port-to-door tracking, benefit companies shipping from a single origin to multiple destinations or those that are using air freight.

Rates for Pacific Promise are expressed as a single rate per cubic meter; ODFL says that while they are slightly more expensive than standard LCL, the transit times are up to 40 percent faster and the rates are up to 75 percent less than air freight.