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APL moves to LA’s TraPac terminal

2019-06-12 Source: Jctrans

Line will shift its premium Eagle Express X (EXX) service there later this month from Fenix Marine Services, to take advantage of faster truck turn times and better access

APL is moving its premium Eagle Express X (EXX) service to the TraPac terminal in Los Angeles (LA) in a bid to take advantage of faster truck turn times and better access, compared with its current location in LA at Fenix Marine Services (FMS) - where APL’s Eagle Express (EX1), South China Loop 1 (SC1) and Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) services also make their weekly port stops.

A spokesperson for APL, part of the CMA CGM Group, told Lloyd’s Loading List that the shift to TraPac terminal was “a strategic move that will place us favourably for further operational excellence, not just for EXX but also the remaining APL services at FMS”, adding: “TraPac is ranked among the top 3 terminals with the best truck turn times in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“Conveniently located for easy truck access to and from the major freeways, its location will facilitate quicker container pick-up by truckers who will gain priority access of the EXX-exclusive gates. In emulating the terminal operational design that has been behind the success of the EXX service at the TraPac terminal, we will raise the benchmark that we have achieved with the premium service ahead.”

APL said its EXX service was “synonymous with its fast 11-day ocean transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles”, with the move prompted by “the promise of same-day cargo availability at the LA terminal and a white glove customer care like no other”. 

Jesper Stenbak, senior vice president of APL’s transpacific trade, said the TraPac terminal would be set-up to deliver same day cargo availability of EXX shipments on dedicated chassis; and enable immediate drayage of EXX RailFlash containers to an off-dock rail facility for expedited domestic transfer to Chicago, Memphis, Dallas and Kansas City. The terminal will also house an EXX-dedicated container yard that is designed for operational flexibility. 

“APL has been consistently delivering above expectations with 99% of the containers on chassis and available for collection within just 12 hours of vessel discharge when the vessel arrived in LA each week,” said Stenbak. “Further, we are now committing to deliver a truck turn time of 25 minutes for cargo pick-up; and 40 minutes for both cargo pick-up and equipment returns at TraPac, versus a 87-minute average recorded by the industry in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“In emulating the terminal operational design that has been behind the success of the EXX service at the TraPac terminal, we will raise the benchmark that we have achieved with the premium service ahead.”

APL Thailand that is sailing on the EXX service will make her maiden call at the TraPac terminal on 18 June 2019. Currently, the weekly EXX service calls the ports of Ningbo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Dutch Harbour, Yokohama and Busan. From 23 August, the EXX service will also be calling Honolulu every alternate week.

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