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Horizon to Start Express Intermodal from China 2010/11/18 10:33:11
Trans-Pacific liner service to reach inland U.S. cities in December
Horizon Lines plans to start express shipment of intermodal containers to several inland U.S. cities when it begins its Five Star Express trans-Pacific liner service from China next month.
The largest U.S. Jones Act carrier made the announcement Monday in Shanghai during a press conference here for China news media.
The maiden FSX voyage is scheduled to depart Ningbo, China, on Dec. 14, 2010 and from Shanghai on Dec.15 and arrive in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. Approximately 60 percent of the initial voyage is already subscribed as the company continues to make steady progress toward its goal of 75 percent bookings for the first sailing.
"As other carriers reduce service locations and slow service speeds, U.S. shippers continue to tell us they want fast and reliable service alternatives not only port-to-port, but inland to final destinations as well," said Brian Taylor, senior vice president of International Services at Horizon Lines, in a presentation to journalists. "At a time when U.S. retailers are maintaining lower inventory levels and placing more logistics responsibilities on their manufacturing partners here in China, our Five Star Express service offers a fast and reliable transit schedule to keep supply chains running smoothly."
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