FedEx Opens West Coast Gateways

June 25, 2008
The new gateways will expand options for FedEx Trade Networks Ocean-Ground Distribution, says the company.

FedEx Trade Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. has opened two new gateways to support the FedEx Trade Networks Ocean-Ground Distribution service. The new West Coast gateways are located in Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA and will offer customers flexible options when shipping goods from Asia to multiple destinations in the US, said FedEx. The gateways will service the Seattle/Tacoma and Oakland/San Francisco ports.

FedEx Trade Networks Ocean-Ground Distribution combines FedEx Trade Networks ocean freight forwarding and customs brokerage services with the US transportation and delivery services of FedEx Freight, FedEx National LTL, FedEx Ground, or FedEx Express.

Seattle/Tacoma and Oakland/San Francisco will complement the existing Los Angeles and Chicago gateways and offer customers more options when importing from Asia, with three West Coast gateways, said FedEx.

“The Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach combined are the busiest port complex in North America and the fifth-busiest in the world. While both ports continue to make strides in managing increased consumer demand, importers increasingly have expressed their desire to explore alternatives,” said Bill Goodgion, managing director, North American Transportation & Distribution Services for FedEx Trade Networks.

“By adding the ports of Seattle/Tacoma and Oakland/San Francisco as Ocean-Ground Distribution gateways, FedEx Trade Networks is providing importers with flexibility to choose from numerous sailing schedules from Asia to the West Coast. Customers want options and creative solutions, and this is just another way in which we are responding.”