Specialty Cargo - Global Trade Magazine
  September 10th, 2014 | Written by

Specialty Cargo

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A&R LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1969
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: 76
Employees: 75
Warehouses: 10
Sq. Ft.: 2.20 million

An acknowledged expert in the packaging and distribution of bulk commodities, A&R is a leading provider of bulk plastic and dry flowable transportation. More than 800 trucks and strategically placed packaging and warehouse facilities allow A&R to provide supply-chain solutions with these cargos utilizing one or more of its companies including: A&R Logistics, A&R Transport and A&R
Packaging and Distribution.

BNSF LOGISTICS, LLC
Started Logistics: 2002
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $508
Employees: 385
Warehouses: 4
Sq. Ft.: 0.04 million

Specializing in industrial products, BNSF is especially adept in dealing with energy. The services it offers in oil and gas are among the best in the industry, offering support in exploration and frac-sand transportation, as well as rig moves, pipe casting and hotshot service. Looking toward the future, and wind energy, BNSF created a wind turbine transload and storage center in South Dakota.

CLX LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 2000
Serves: Global
HQ: USA
Employees: 100

In January, the chemical transportation specialists you know as ChemLogix—and ChemLogix Global—took the name of its parent company, CLX Logistics. Specialists in the (you guessed it) chemicals industry, CLX offers consulting, hosted TMS technology and customized transportation management services. The company’s ultimate goal, it says, is to “provide solutions that deliver measurable, sustainable value for our clients.”

DART ADVANTAGE LOGISTICS
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The Minnesota-based Dart offers a full-range of trucking services—from LTL to refrigerated to expedited—but has made a name for itself in the handling of heavy-haul and over-dimensional loads, providing not only the equipment—flatbeds, multi-axles, etc.—but services such as escorting, tarping, permit and routing to get a big job done right.

DUPRÉ LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1980
Serves: Continental US
HQ: USA
Revenue: 225 million
Employees: 1,300

Safety is an overriding concern for all trucking firms, never more than when you’re a leader in hauling hazardous liquids and fuel like Dupré. The company’s commitment to hauling its materials, and drivers, safely was never clearer than when it went beyond federal standards to study fatigue, including gathering fatigue scores, and coordinated drivers schedules, an effort that has reduced accidents by a whopping 75 percent.

HELLMANN WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS GMBH & CO. KG
Started Logistics: 1871
Serves: Global
HQ: Germany
Revenue: $3,433
Employees: 10,735
Warehouses: 23
Sq. Ft.: 2.40 million

Hellmann is so big—20,000 employees in 443 branches in 157 countries—that they don’t just specialize in one boutique area. Consider that the company not only ships consumer goods but offers services specifically geared toward “fast-moving consumer goods.” Specialized?  Hellmann not only has a project cargo division, but a specialized supply chain just to meet the needs of cruise ships.

NEOVIA LOGISTICS SERVICES, LLC
Started Logistics: 1987
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $800
Employees: 6,500
Warehouses: 100
Sq. Ft.: 24 million

Having been birthed from Caterpillar Logistics Services, it will come as no surprise that Neovia specializes in some pretty hardcore and heavy industrial transportation: automotive, industrial goods, chemicals and petrochemicals, oil and gas. Neovia’s pedigree helps it provide a comprehensive menu of equipment, expertise and technology to move with the big boys.

RADIANT GLOBAL LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1978
Serves: Global
HQ: USA
Revenue: 311 million
Employees: 900
Warehouses: 86
Sq. Ft.: 1.5 million

Two of the areas Radiant specializes in are military/defense as well as trade show needs. In both cases, Radiant offers services to make the move so much easier, without limitations on size or weight. They include flexible delivery options and time-definite door-to-door shipping as well as the flexibility and reach to ship your product display, or anti-tank weapon, anywhere in the world.

TUCKER COMPANY WORLDWIDE
Started Logistics: 1961
Serves: Global
HQ: USA

This highly regarded freight brokerage partly made its name moving sensitive cargoes such as pharmaceuticals and high-value, high-security freight. Tucker officials say that “competent execution requires relentless discipline.” The company’s innovative Secured Carrier Program ensures that the customers’ standards of care and business requirements are met by each carrier and reinforced.

UTI WORLDWIDE
Started Logistics: 1995
Serves: Global
HQ: USA
Revenue: $4,441
Employees: 21,018
Warehouses: 230
Sq. Ft.: 26.00 million

UTi began in Germany and offers a slew of services for all kinds of specialty cargo, including cruise ships. The range of those specialties are impressive: retail to defense, pharma to mining, fashion to industrial projects. It does it so well that its global footprint now includes more than 245 logistics centers and over 26 million square feet of warehouse space.