YRC Adds Mexican and Chinese Services, Speeds Canadian Crossings

Aug. 1, 2008
Yellow Transportation now offers expedited ocean service from China to the US while YRC Logistics provides global forwarding services in Mexico. YRC Logistics,

Yellow Transportation now offers expedited ocean service from China to the US while YRC Logistics provides global forwarding services in Mexico. YRC Logistics, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide, is expanding international air and ocean freight forwarding services into Mexico. The carrier already has transportation, distribution and cross border services in Mexico. The offerings will be handled through the YRC Logistics Mexico City office.

Jim Ritchie, President and CEO of YRC Logistics, says, “We are looking forward to the expansion of our services in Mexico. Upgrading our freight forwarding services is the most effective way for our clients to benefit from YRC Logistics.”

YRC Logistics Global, an NVOCC-licensed affiliate, is cooperating with Yellow Transportation in the new expedited ocean service. This is a guaranteed product for on-time delivery of less-than-container-load shipments moving east from China to the US. The service offers customers the ability to track a shipment from the foreign port to its final US destination.

“Expedited ocean is the inventive solution for customers who need delivery faster than standard ocean service, but don't require the speed of air transit. By building on our proven expertise in expedited deliveries, Yellow Transportation helps customers realize faster inventory turns and a reduced cash-to-cash cycle. In today's global marketplace, that's a tremendous competitive advantage,” claims Maynard Skarka, Yellow Transportation president.

YRC Logistics has set up seven sites along the border to speed the processing of shipments. The kiosks are strategically located along the border but will be centrally managed at the YRC Logistics Cross Border main headquarters in Buffalo, NY. The aim is allow drivers to have access to the company's brokerage services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because operations are centrally handled, the anticipation is that there will be more consistency and efficiency with the filings that will translate into better compliance with governmental requirements and faster processing.

Here's how YRC Logistics describes how the kiosks will operate: “There is a camera and a telephone with each kiosk which allows communication with the drivers as they present any paperwork needed for customs clearance. Once the driver arrives at the kiosk, communication connects them to the Buffalo office. The driver scans any required documents based upon the client and the type of goods being shipped. The Buffalo, NY office reviews the documents and returns the required information back to the driver for immediate Customs processing and border crossing.”

The kiosks are located at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY; Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Niagara Falls NY; Ambassador Bridge in Detroit MI; Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron MI; at Champlain NY, Pembina ND; and Blaine WA.

“We are pleased to announce the placement of the innovative kiosks in these key locations,” observes Jim Ritchie, president and CEO, YRC Logistics. “It will allow our clients and employees to have a central communication point when shipping goods across the US and Canadian border.”

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