UWL launches ocean loop linking Cambodia to Seattle in 25 days
UWL, a top-10 American 3PL provider, has joined Swire Shipping, in providing a dedicated barge service from Phnom Pehn to Ho Chi Minh City and then to be transshipped to Seattle – all within 25 days, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
The new feeder service promises to provide importers guaranteed access to equipment and capacity in Phnom Penh and reduce reliance on expensive cross-border trucking between Cambodia and Vietnam.
UWL has contracted with Swire Shipping, a multi-purpose liner service, to provide the container tug and barge service from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. After a short 18-24 hour transit, containers are loaded onto the 18-day, bi-weekly Sun Chief service from Ho Chi Minh City to Seattle.
The service was forged through an agreement in which UWL became the first NVOCC (non-vessel owning common carrier) to provide dedicated ocean service in the trade.
“During this highly volatile time in the shipping industry, customers have been looking for faster, reliable service to the west coast,” said UWL president Duncan Wright.
“Our goal is to provide a predictable, premium product connecting 100 per cent to Seattle on every express voyage from Ho Chi Minh. By doing so we will help importers reduce their supply chain risk.”
Upon arrival in Seattle, those needing warehousing or distribution space can take advantage of UWL’s sister company, World Distribution Services and its brand-new 300,000-square foot facility near Tacoma, Washington, 33 miles from the Port of Seattle.
“We are expanding our presence in the Asia Pacific market, and this new service is indicative of our commitment to grow to meet the supply chain needs of our customers in the market,” said Mr Wright.