Averitt Express is growing its Asia-Memphis service to reach two new origin points—Hong Kong and South China. The less-than-containerload (LCL) Express service has been growing since July, when it was initiated. At the outset the focus was on freight moving from Shanghai and Shenzen.
What makes the service unique is its tight integration with a less-than-truckload (LTL) ground network. Containers are loaded in Asia, move directly through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the carrier’s CFS Bonded Distribution Center in Memphis where they are deconsolidated and move directly through the Averitt Express LTL network to consignees.
Charlie McGee, Averitt's vice president of International Development, says, "This next phase of expansion shows the continued demand for consistent, reliable LCL service from Asia. We expect to add more origin points in the future."
Since shipments are not held at the California ports and move directly to Memphis, Averitt claims that the service can cut LCL transit time by as much as 10 days. The carrier’s customer service specialists monitor shipments through transit. Shipment visibility is available to customers via a Web-based connection.
Earlier this month the carrier expanded coverage in the Atlanta area with the opening of a new distribution facility that doubled the amount of dock space and offers almost twice as many dock doors as the building it replaced. Averitt now has three facilities in the Greater Atlanta area, at Norcross and Marietta in addition to the newest distribution center. The new addition features the most current technology to provide complete shipment visibility and efficient operations.