FedEx formally launches long-haul LTL

FedEx Corp. has officially taken the wraps off its long-haul LTL service, FedEx National LTL, while at the same time formally launching direct LTL service in Canada

FedEx Corp. has officially taken the wraps off its long-haul LTL service, FedEx National LTL, while at the same time formally launching direct LTL service in Canada through its newly formed FedEx Freight Canada division.

FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada were created through the acquisition of the business assets of Watkins Motor Lines and Watkins Canada Express, which took place last September.

“These new services respond to customer demand for greater flexibility in the LTL sector,” said Douglas Duncan, president & CEO of FedEx Freight. “In five months, we have made tremendous progress in our strategy of providing a reliable and cost-effective service for long-haul shippers. We have hired close to 9,000 employees, re-branded equipment and integrated Web sites to allow customers to quickly and seamlessly navigate between our regional and long-haul services.”

FedEx National LTL has also reorganized its operations to focus on the long-haul market, with a strictly scheduled network similar to FedEx Freight’s operations in the regional market, he noted.

Duncan added that FedEx Freight Canada will focus on LTL shipments moving into and out of Canada along with intra-Canada shipments— door-to-door service that provides greater visibility for Canadian LTL shipments and transborder pickup and delivery points in the U.S.

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