CEVA Logistics has completed changes to its US LCL export system that have cut up to 14 days from the total transit times offered by other operators.
CEVA has nearly doubled its own Container Freight Stations network, from 26 to 48 locations, replacing a number of outsourced locations. It has also switched collections from shippers, and freight transfers to its own stations at the ports of loading, to its own road vehicle operation, CEVA Ground.
As a result, CEVA now has total control over all LCL freight shipments from their origin in any US zip code, to its loading facilities at the ports of New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
Combined with CEVA's use of road transport instead of the industry norm of rail, CEVA is now cutting 14 days from New York-Shanghai transit times, 8 days from Atlanta-Singapore, 7 days from Los Angeles-Santos and an average 7 days from all its global LCL destinations.
Says CEVA's Global LCL Director, Greg Scott: "We have expanded from 26 to 48 receiving and rating warehouses in the USA for LCL exports. These 48 warehouses are all CEVA facilities, and all movement from those warehouses to the CEVA port loading locations is via an all-motor, CEVA owned-and-operated truck network.
"The industry normally uses the railroads to move cargo to the ports. But assembling and loading trains takes time, trains leave when traffic volumes justify, and they move more slowly. Our truck network is the opposite – fast and reliable. It's our major differentiator; we're providing faster service, but still at market-level prices."
CEVA's road freight network, CEVA Ground, is one of the leading ground transportation businesses in North America, using 2350 vehicles to provide extensive ad hoc services as well as scheduled road feeder operations.
Over the past four years, CEVA has significantly expanded its global LCL business, most recently announcing a new LCL gateway in Antwerp, and new direct services including Antwerp-New York and Singapore-New York.