Crowley Maritime said it will offer less-than-containerload ocean and air cargo lifts along with customs brokerage services to Cartagena, Colombia as the first step in an expansion of its logistics services to South American.
Crowley said it will offer the LCL service from several points, including its distribution centers in Miami; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Colon, Panama.
Crowley's Houston-based freight forwarding and export-packing subsidiary, Jarvis International Freight will also serve the Colombia trade lane from its Gulf Coast location. Cargo arriving in Cartagena can be trucked under Crowley’s coordination to Medellin, Cali and Bogota.
"These new offerings will further enhance supply chain options for those shipping directly into the Eastern Caribbean from Colombia and will complement Crowley’s existing full-container-load (FCL) ocean services from the U.S. and its shipping and logistics services from Puerto Rico into the Caribbean and Central America regions," the company said.
Transtainer Ltda. will act as Crowley’s local Colombia representative to provide customers with a single point of contact for Crowley’s LCL and air cargo services to and from Colombia.
“Colombia is the first step in Crowley’s expansion of logistics services within South America,” said Carlos Rice, the company's vice president of logistics, in a statement. “There is ample cargo moving between Colombia, Panama, the U.S., and Caribbean.” - Chris Dupin