APL terminal voted No. 1 in Southern California:
Truckers cite speed, professionalism
Los Angeles, March 15, 2006 – Global ocean transportation leader APL runs the best marine terminal at the most important ports in the U.S. That’s the conclusion of the California Trucking Association (CTA).
CTA has named APL’s Global Gateway South terminal as the Fastest and Best Overall Marine Terminal at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s busiest ocean terminus for global trade.
The award, based on a survey of Southern California’s harbor trucking community, was presented at a CTA ceremony last week in Long Beach. It’s the second time in two years APL has been singled out by the CTA.
“This is gratifying recognition from one of our key transportation partners,” said John Bowe, President of APL in the Americas. “And it’s a tribute to the outstanding effort Global Gateway South employees – and our very professional ILWU team (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) -- give on behalf of our customers.”
Bowe said the CTA award is significant on two counts:
- More imports ands exports move through Los Angeles and Long Beach than anywhere else in the U.S., so recognition as the ports’ No. 1 terminal operator validates APL as an industry leader.
- Truckers are an essential link between APL and its customers and the CTA honor indicates that the relationship remains strong.
According to the CTA survey of truckers, APL operates the fastest terminal in Southern California weekdays and weeknights, and is No. 2 for speed on Saturdays. Overall, it’s rated No. 1 in all three time slots.
Speed is determined by the amount of time truckers spend at a terminal discharging one container and collecting another. The overall rating includes variables such as professionalism, courtesy, competence and the quality of container handling equipment.
“When truckers come through our gate, they are our customers,” pointed out Chuck Savre, APL’s Vice President of Operations in the Americas. “That means we’ve got to treat them well and get them back on the road quickly.”
Savre attributed APL’s fast turnaround times to safe, modern equipment; experienced staff; and the practice of storing import containers on chassis instead of the ground so that truckers can quickly back up to a load and haul it away.
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APL is a global container transportation company offering more than 60 weekly services and nearly 300 calls at more than 90 ports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. It combines world-class intermodal operations with leading IT tools and e-commerce. APL is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global logistics and transportation company. APL Web site: www.apl.com