Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Extension of LCL Freight and Logistics Services in Caribbean

Crowley Continues to Expand Through Acquisitions
Shipping News Feature

US – CARIBBEAN ISLANDS – Crowley Maritime, which already serves numerous destinations in the region, has expanded its cargo services in the Caribbean with the addition of a full range of logistics offerings including freight forwarding, consolidation and Customs brokerage services in Tortola and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands (BVI). In conjunction with these new capabilities, Crowley now also offers customers less-than-container load (LCL) shipping and air freight services between Miami; San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Road Town, Tortola.

Following the acquisition of two Puerto Rican based companies, LCL specialists Rico Freight Systems and freight forwarder and haulier Islandwide Air and Ocean in the past year, Crowley has now added the Romasco Group, a logistics provider based in Road Town, Tortola with 45 years of experience in BVI, enabling them to offer extended services with offers of two separate sailings for LCL cargo to Tortola. The first will be departing Miami on Thursdays for a Monday arrival in Road Town, which allows shipments to be delivered to stores at the start of each week, the second sailing is every other week from San Juan, departing on Fridays for Tuesday arrival in Road Town.

Additionally, Crowley offers northbound sailings for all types of cargo to islands in the Caribbean, including Tortola, via direct port calls in St. Maarten and Port Everglades, Florida with trucking and distribution services in San Juan and Miami, and freight pick-ups and deliveries in Tortola. Commenting on the service extensions Carlos Rice, vice president of operations, Crowley Logistics said:

"We strive to continually improve our services for customers - in this case those who are shipping to and from the Caribbean. Adding logistics options in the BVI widens our capabilities in the Caribbean as a whole while providing additional trade lanes to customers."

Photo: Vessels berthed at Road Town, Tortola