Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Like Everything Energy Sector Freight and Logistics is Big in Texas

New Laredo Development for GAC
Shipping News Feature

US – GAC Energy and Marine Services LLC (GEMS) announced this month that it has opened its latest warehouse in Laredo, Texas, to meet the growing demands of oil and gas clients who require daily import and export to Mexico. The new facility offers a full range of oil and gas-specific logistics solutions including Mexican customs brokerage, cross border transportation management, freight forwarding, warehousing, intermodal and LTL consolidation and even a case packing carpentry service. GEMS’ President Carlos Arrieta believes that its specialised oil and gas focus at this facility enables the company to stand out from the other providers in Laredo who primarily handle commercial logistics and supply chain solutions for general freight. Mr Arrieta said:

"By catering solely to this niche sector, we can deliver the most time efficient and cost effective solutions to clients and prospects looking for land and rail transportation of oil and gas cargo to Mexico. Furthermore, even though very few carriers are allowed to enter Mexico, GAC has already put in place an approved in-house carrier managing the inland and rail concentration of the business into the country."

Laredo is the number one inland port into Mexico with approximately 2,000 rail cars transporting cargo across one rail-bridge and over 9,000 trucks per day crossing the four international bridges that connect the US to Mexico via Laredo.

The new warehouse has seven acres of outside storage area and 56,000 square feet of open warehouse space which can accommodate oversized spares including hazardous parts. The spacious facility can also efficiently facilitate the flow of freight to and from GAC's oil & gas and drilling customers. An additional 4,600 square feet of office space houses an operational team available around the clock.

Similar to other GAC warehousing facilities globally, the new Laredo setup is equipped with the Group's global custom-built software application GACfreight. Designed to handle end-to-end freight forwarding tracking, P.O. / part management, and warehouse storage management with real time scanning (GFlite), the application also supports encrypted EDI capabilities with customers' ERP and local customs authorities.