In a move it says will "enhance door-to-door import service," truckload carrier Schneider National's thirdparty logistics operation, Schneider Logistics will acquire American Port Services (see related article, p. 7). Terms were not disclosed as both companies are privately held.
American Port traditionally was concentrated in the Southeast, operating cross-dock and deconsolidation services at Jacksonville, Savannah, Atlanta, Charleston and Norfolk. It has since expanded its reach into the port of Houston, is currently developing a 600,000 square-foot cross-dock facility on a 30-acre site in the Seattle/Tacoma area, and has leased a facility nine miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which it will develop to support Asia imports, says George Powers, president of American Port Services.
There is no doubt that a strong West Coast presence is needed, says Tom Escott, president of Schneider Logistics, but he believes companies are looking for a balanced approach that includes capabilities at Eastern and Gulf Coast ports. Given the congestion on the West Coast, he sees the opportunity in all-water alternatives that are developing using the Panama and Suez Canals, making American Port Services a ready fit.
Commenting on Schneider Logistics' recent expansion into China, Escott agrees it is the beginning of efforts to develop business ties and opportunities there. The new Shanghai office has started the process of applying for licenses to develop its non-asset businesses there.