What does SSA Terminal bring to the partnership?
The strategic new multi-year agreement with SSA complements Swire Shipping’s continued investment into the North American market, further enhancing the capabilities of its recently acquired Westwood liner trades, as well as those of its United States West Coast to Pacific Island trade (formerly known as Polynesia Line) and Sun Chief Express Ocean Service.
In particular, the use of SSA’s Terminal 18 (T-18), the largest container facility in the Pacific Northwest, will add extensive on-dock rail options, shorten transit times, and improve consistency for Swire Shipping clients with inland connectivity requirements via Seattle.
Also, the use of T-18’s on-dock rail will enable Swire Shipping customers to access a wider range of origins and destinations, such as to and from the Ohio Valley. The agreement marks the continuation of a longstanding relationship between Swire Shipping and SSA Terminals.
What does this mean for Swire Shipping?
Ben Pike, COO at Swire Shipping, said: “SSA Terminals has a reputation for safety and performance within our business, and this proven track record is an important consideration as we look to continuously enhance our market leading services in North America.”
“Underpinned by a strong Interior Point Intermodal program and the on-dock rail capabilities of T-18, this agreement will also enable us to provide more choices to our customers and help them to build even greater reliability and efficiency into their supply chains,” Pike said.
Swire Shipping looks forward to supporting importers and exporters to explain how they can benefit from this service enhancement. More information is available on their website.