Saturday, November 3, 2012

Freight Group Kerry Logistics Expand ASEAN Road Haulage Services

Less than Truckload Service to Link China with Vietnam
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – VIETNAM - Kerry Asia Road Transport (KART) is the road haulage service arm of freight group Kerry Logistics which controls an ASEAN wide road transport service connecting China (Shanghai, Shenzhen, Kunming) to the ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore) and this week the company launched a new scheduled twice-weekly trucking service connecting Shenzhen and Hanoi, through its comprehensive network.

The company has been spurred on by the emerging trade channels developing between China and ASEAN countries and KART’s ‘Less-than-Truckload’ (LTL) service will initially connect the industrial cities in southern China and northern Vietnam, providing shippers and 3PLs with a fixed-day dedicated service. KART will look to expand this service to other city pairs in the future. Alex Ng, General Manager of KART, commented:

“It is very exciting that there are new industrial and commercial centres developing along the road network connecting ASEAN and China and we are forecasting significant growth and additional city-to-city services in the future. There is demand from shippers for a service that matches airfreight for transit time and is more cost effective. By road we can deliver to the heart of Hanoi and Shenzhen which is much quicker than by ocean.

“Shippers want schedule integrity and the city-to-city direct service means we are able to manage our customers’ supply chains more effectively, improving efficiency, reducing inventory and delivering just-in-time.”

As the service is SGS TAPA-TSR certified the KART containers are equipped with security features such as GPS tracking and on-board CCTV and the new service will depart Shenzhen for Hanoi on Tuesday and Thursday and Hanoi to Shenzhen on Wednesday and Friday. KART has also extended its door-to-door connectivity in China and Vietnam through its domestic courier services, in an attempt to ensure on time delivery throughout both countries.