APL announced last Thursday (May 31) an enhancement to its exclusive Eagle Express X (EXX) service, promising a more expeditious last mile delivery of import cargo with same-day cargo availability at the Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal in Los Angeles.
The latest development is seen as a more optimal solution for a speedier pick-up and transportation of EXX shipments, where APL will deploy a fully-wheeled operation at GGS, supported by a chassis pool, container yard and truck in-gate lanes that are dedicated to the EXX service. This is an enhancement to the EXX service’s original plan of facilitating cargo collection at an off-dock facility in Los Angeles.
“APL’s enhanced EXX service reflects our desire to further accelerate our customers’ speed to market and take last mile delivery of their U.S. West Coast-bound cargoes to the next level. In securing resources at GGS for the sole benefit of EXX shipments, we reduce the complexity and additional transit time incurred when transferring these cargoes to an off-dock facility. The refined EXX service will, thus, enable shippers to achieve a greater ease of collection and swifter delivery of cargoes to the local California market,” said Jesper Stenbak, Senior Vice President of APL’s Trans-Pacific Trade.
Assuring EXX cargo owners same-day cargo availability, EXX shipments will be discharged from the ship directly to a dedicated fleet of brand new, state-of-the-art and GPS-enabled chassis equipment. To further speed up the collection of these cargoes, separate terminal in-gate lanes will be reserved to allow a more efficient movement of trucks that pick up the EXX cargoes.
Announced to the industry in February this year, the EXX service is a weekly China-U.S. West Coast ocean freight product that boasts the X Factor when it comes to speed of delivery and customer service. The service assures shippers a hassle-free customer experience, an expeditious 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles, as well as fast cargo discharge on wheels that enables truckers to hook and go.
Calling the ports of Ningbo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Dutch Harbour, Yokohama and Busan, the first sailing of the EXX service will depart Ningbo on 2 August and Shanghai on 3 August, and arrive in Los Angeles on 14 August.
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