CEVA Cuts Transit Times for U.S. LCL Shipments
CEVA Logistics announced changes to its U.S. LCL (less-than-containerload) export system that have cut up to 14 days from the total transit times offered by other operators.
The company has nearly doubled its own Container Freight Stations network from 26 to 48 locations, replacing a number of outsourced locations and has switched collections from shippers, and freight transfers to its own stations at the ports of loading, to its own road vehicle operation, CEVA Ground.
As a result, CEVA says it now has total control over all LCL freight shipments from their origin in any U.S. zip code, to its loading facilities at the ports of New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
Combined with CEVA’s use of road transport instead of rail, the company has cut 14 days from New York-Shanghai transit times, eight days from Atlanta-Singapore, seven days from Los Angeles-Santos and an average seven days from all its global LCL destinations.
“We have expanded from 26 to 48 receiving and rating warehouses in the USA for LCL exports,” said CEVA Global LCL Director Greg Scott. “These 48 warehouses are all CEVA facilities, and all movement from those warehouses to the CEVA port loading locations is via an all-motor, CEVA owned-and-operated truck network.”
The industry, said Scott, “normally uses the railroads to move cargo to the ports. But assembling and loading trains takes time, trains leave when traffic volumes justify, and they move more slowly,” said Scott. “Our truck network is the opposite—fast and reliable. It’s our major differentiator; we’re providing faster service, but still at market-level prices.”