Pacer, Trailer Bridge offer joint service to Puerto Rico
Pacer Stacktrain and Trailer Bridge Inc. said they are teaming up to offer a service moving 53-foot domestic shipping containers on an integrated, intermodal basis between the United States and Puerto Rico.
Pacer said the service would be an expansion of its recently launched “PacerDirect” door-to-door service in the United States.
The PacerDirect Puerto Rico service will focus on West Coast origin freight and provide customers with a single point of contact to manage all intermodal and vessel details, an all-inclusive rate quote, and one invoice consolidating all land and ocean activities.
The service is aimed specifically at freight intermediaries such as intermodal marketing companies, freight brokers and trucking lines.
The freight will move in Pacer Stacktrain’s 53-foot containers over Pacer’s double-stack rail network and will be turned over to Trailer Bridge in Jacksonville. Trailer Bridge will provide the marine freight service between the continental United States and Puerto Rico.
Trailer Bridge said it expects to significantly benefit from the new service by giving it “regular access to shipments to and from the western region, particularly inbound shipments from the Far East that can now go all the way to Puerto Rico in the same 53-foot container,” said John D. McCown, Trailer Bridge’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Until now, Trailer Bridge’s principal market for the service has been the U.S. eastern region.”