NationaLease has been awarded a three-year contract worth $12 million to provide integrated transportation logistics services to PIC USA, a major supplier of pork breeding stock in the U.S. PIC will be supplied with TQA-certified drivers, full-service leasing, customized maintenance, finance leasing, distribution routing and analysis technology, business management, and fuel and fleet support from NationaLease in conjunction with NationaLease member company, West Brother’s Transportation Services.
Under terms of the contract, West Brothers will transport nearly 170,000 live animals annually, utilizing a dedicated fleet of 14 power units and 22 specialized trailers. In addition, a propriety automated biosecurity system from Corcentric is being customized to meet PIC’s requirements and ensure that the health and welfare of the animals is not compromised during transit.
“The top priority of this partnership with NationaLease is to improve efficiencies while maintaining the exceptional biosecurity and reliability our customers have come to expect,” said Mike Engle, DVM MS, director of health assurance and transportation for PIC USA North America. “Transportation is an expensive and critical component of our business. We are moving breeding stock that are high-value live animals, making biosecurity during transport extremely important for the protection of our customers on the other end. “
According to Engle, NationaLease is also working side-by-side with PIC to help them eliminate empty miles, improve routing efficiencies and develop customized state-of-the-art reporting systems that will assist drivers with stringent delivery protocols.