J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell announced that it’s expanding its transload strategy to include new operations in Seattle and Laredo, Texas, to meet customer needs and provide quick access to outbound rail and highway transport.
Both new operations will enable J.B. Hunt to transfer customers’ international freight to equipment for domestic transport using the company’s transportation assets and capacity solutions.
The company’s transloading service footprint now encompasses four of the largest ocean ports and the largest land port of entry into the U.S. All four facilities are located within close proximity to port and/or rail terminals.
“The complexities of international shipping continue to impact how our customers bring freight into the domestic supply chain,” Darren Field, president of intermodal and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt, said in a news release. “By growing the reach of our transload service and managing the drayage and loading processes for our customers, we can provide new levels of process oversight and visibility into their freight activity, particularly the critical first mile segment.”
In addition to services already offered in the Northeast and Southern California, J.B. Hunt recently began operations at a facility at the southern border and plans to open a facility in the Pacific Northwest by November.
The Tacoma, Washington-based facility will service freight arriving at the Seattle and Tacoma ports and help relieve constraints resulting from the increase of international shipping demand.
The operation will also complement a direct container-only joint service BNSF launched in August between its Tacoma South facility and Chicago. The two companies announced a joint initiative earlier this year to relieve intermodal capacity constraints.