JB Hunt Transport Services has announced an expansion of its intermodal strategy.
The expansion includes new operations in Seattle and Laredo, Texas to solve customers’ needs and provide quick access to outbound rail and highway transport.
Both new operations will enable JB Hunt to transfer customers’ international freight to equipment for domestic transport, using the company’s transportation assets and capacity solutions.
JB’s translating service footprint now encompasses four of the largest ocean ports and the largest land port of entry into the US.
JB Executive Vice President and President, Intermodal, Darren Field, said the growth is a solution to the complexities of international shipping which is impacting customers.
“By growing the reach of our transload service and managing the drayage and loading processes for our customers, we can provide new levels of process oversight and visibility into their freight activity, particularly the critical first mile segment,” he said.
In addition to services already offered in the Northeast and Southern California, JB recently began operations at a facility at the southern border and plans to open a facility in the Pacific Northwest by November.
The Tacoma, Washington-based facility will service freight arriving at the Seattle and Tacoma ports and help relieve international shipping demand constraints.
The operation will also complement a direct container-only joint service with BNSF following the announcement between both companies of the joint initiative to relieve intermodal capacity constraints earlier this year.