The ability to transload international containers into domestic 53-foot trailers enables customers to achieve overall cost savings (per cubic meter) for domestic distribution, while reducing storage costs related to port demurrage and inland detention, reports AJOT.
Supply chains flowing through the facility will be fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in the retail and lifestyle segment that need agile response capabilities to consumer demand fluctuations.
FMCG will comprise 80-90 per cent of the volumes and auto parts 10-20 per cent.
'Bringing this new supply chain asset into play today marks an important new Asia/PNW gateway chapter for customers looking for faster order fulfilment achieved through integrated logistics.
We're looking forward to working with CP to make this a vital pivot point for supply chain planners to help them achieve their business goals,' said Omar Shamsie, president of Maersk Canada.
Construction of the facility and rail infrastructure was completed last month with Maersk commencing the transloading operation of the facility on September 1. The first containers arrived at the facility earlier this month.
'We are very proud to open this first-of-its-kind transload facility that creates tremendous opportunity for sustainable growth,' said CP president and CEO Keith Creel. 'We are transforming inbound logistics in North America by reducing transit time variability thanks to CP's premium service and at the same time having a smaller environmental impact and carbon footprint by taking thousands of trucks off the road while leveraging the inherent benefits of moving goods by rail.'
CP will shuttle containers by rail from the three major Vancouver container terminals to the Pacific Transload Express facility. CP built the facility on CP land adjacent to its Vancouver Intermodal Facility to offer optimal transload services with fewer handoffs and better accountability of service.
'This was an attractive feature to our customers intent on integrating their supply chains for higher performance,' added Mr Shamsie.