CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 26, 2022–
UWL, one of the top 10 US NVOCCs and the world’s leading 3PL service provider, has contracted multi-purpose liner service Swire Shipping to launch a new exclusive express service, from Ho Chi Minh City and arriving at the Port of Seattle in 18 days. Offering speed and predictability, the twice-weekly service offers the fastest route from Vietnam to the United States. This groundbreaking agreement is the first dedicated ocean service by an NVOCC in commerce.
UWL_Swire Express Service arriving at Port of Seattle (Photo: Business Wire)
“Clients have been asking for creative solutions in this extremely challenging market, and this one-of-a-kind service is part of our response. Congestion and fare spikes come and go, but the fundamental problems remain. American importers are pushing for more creativity and controlled reliable solutions to manage supply chain risk,” said UWL President Duncan Wright.
The service offers priority berthing at both origin and destination, and a dedicated equipment pool for suppliers in Ho Chi Minh City. This includes 6,000 brand new shipping containers, with 40ft high containers and 20ft containers already in rotation. Predictability is ensured, since timetables are published six months in advance, with two departures per month.
Upon arriving in Seattle, those in need of warehousing or distribution space can take advantage of UWL’s sister company, World Distribution Services (WDS), and its brand new 300,000 square foot facility near Tacoma. , WA, a short drive from the port. from Seattle.
“By partnering with UWL, an innovative and integrated logistics provider for U.S. BCOs, we are confident that our Ocean Express solution will be compelling for importers and exporters who need direct port-to-port service that is fast and between Vietnam and the Pacific Northwest,” said Rufus Frere-Smith, Regional Manager, Americas, Swire Shipping, which facilitates trade in more than 90 countries and 400 ports. “Our partnership is built on a shared vision of respond to customers’ desire for reliable, secure and innovative shipping solutions.”
Mr. Wright noted: “We have already seen incredibly strong demand for this service, which tells us that fast and reliable niche services are here to stay. Our relationship with Swire Shipping is key to making this all work. Their remarkable 150-year history and strong knowledge of shipping and strong Asian heritage, combined with UWL’s culture of innovation, bring this dedicated service to life.
Mr. Frere-Smith commented: “We have deployed new state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient vessels that will sail at high speed, safely and sustainably. We are confident that customers and BCOs will find this direct and express service extremely efficient in getting their high-value products to market quickly.
UWL is a top 10 US NVOCC and the world’s leading 3PL service provider. They pride themselves on providing transparent supply chain solutions backed by a team of creative problem solvers. Specializing in ocean transport, air freight, road and rail, warehousing and distribution, project freight and customs brokerage, their proof lies in their assets: a national network of distribution centers, a capacity reliable trucking service and WorldScope, an easy-to-use data management platform that provides transparency and visibility that customers can rely on. No matter where your freight needs to go, they can help get it there. To learn more, visit their website at www.shipuwl.com
Swire Shipping is a private organization that was founded in 1872 and today has over 600 employees in 20 countries and owns and deploys over 30 vessels in intra-Asian, Australasian and Polynesian trade. It is part of the Swire Group, a British conglomerate based in Hong Kong and London. Many of its core businesses are in the Asia-Pacific region, where Swire’s operations have traditionally focused on Hong Kong and mainland China. Its subsidiaries include Cathay Pacific Airlines, Swire Properties, China Navigation Company, Swire Hotels and Swire Resources.
World Group was founded over 60 years ago as a pioneer in shipping agency services on the Great Lakes. Today, they are home to a portfolio of globally recognized brands that provide customers with end-to-end supply chain and logistics solutions, including ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services and World Shipping, Inc. With products from industry-leading ocean drayage and domestic trucking, freight forwarding and air freight, customs brokerage, ship raising, warehousing and distribution, customers around the world use their services to simplify supply chains and move freight reliably.
Offering career opportunities across the country for transportation industry innovators, their award-winning culture is rooted in people who live and breathe the company’s core values every day. Find out how to join the World Group family by visiting their careers page.
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