U.S. Xpress Enterprises has reached agreement with Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines (M-O) to create a seamless cross-border shipping solution for customers from Canada to Mexico.
Under terms of the agreement, M-O will carry the freight across the Canada/U.S. border and U.S. Xpress will be responsible for Mexico/U.S. border crossings. The Canadian border crossings served through the partnership are Buffalo/Niagara and Detroit/Windsor.
To ensure the security of the freight and facilities, M-O has completed the rigorous requirements and testing necessary to earn its C-TPAT certification in Canada and PIPS certification in the United States, and U.S. Xpress has been recognized as C-TPAT compliant.
“The bottom line here is that cross-border shipping is not easy, and there are not many good options available to carriers who want one point of contact,” said John White, executive vice president of sales and marketing, U.S. Xpress. “This service brings together two like-minded, high performing companies to give shippers the convenience and peace of mind that comes from dealing with one trusted carrier who can get their goods where they need to go safely and on-time, effectively erasing the border and the issues associated with crossing it.”
Services offered under the partnership include truckload, refrigerated, dedicated and limited LTL. Intermodal will be used where appropriate, U.S. Xpress said.
“While many companies on both sides of the border claim to have an international presence, the extent of their reach is limited,” said Maritime-Ontario chief operating officer Bill Henderson. “With our partnership, we will have more than just a few trucks over the border. Both companies offer best-in-class transportation solutions and are recognized premium brands in their respective countries. Needless to say, we believe this is a true game-changer for North American freight hauling.”