October 3, 2022 - TRA Newswire -

Industry-disrupter J.B. Hunt Transport Services. the company with all those containers you see shipped cross-country on Class 1 railroads, announced a new transload operation to be located in Laredo, Texas.

The Laredo operation is one of the first transloading facilities available after crossing the border to enter the U.S. The location will provide a direct opportunity to growing nearshoring operations in Mexico while continuing support for inbound and outbound cross-border traffic. Freight entering and exiting the U.S. often requires transloading services because of regulation requirements, carrier and driver availability, and domestic capacity demand. J.B. Hunt announced a similar facility to open in Seattle, Washington. 

The new transload centers will provide customers’ needs for quick access to outbound rail and highway transport.

The company’s transloading service footprint now includes four of the largest ocean ports and the largest land port of entry into the U.S. All four facilities are located within close proximity to port and/or rail terminals. 

"The complexities of international shipping continue to impact how our customers bring freight into the domestic supply chain," said Darren Field, president of intermodal and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt. "By growing the reach of our transload service and managing the drayage and loading processes for our customers, we can provide new levels of process oversight and visibility into their freight activity, particularly the critical first mile segment."

In addition to services already offered in the Northeast and Southern California,  Hunt recently began operations at a facility at the southern border and plans to open a facility in the Pacific Northwest by November.

J.B. Hunt opened its first company-owned transload facility in November 2021 to assist shippers in the New York metro area with port drayage, transloading and inland linehaul solutions. The company expanded its transload footprint in July with a new facility and operations in Commerce, California to support international cargo in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas.

Hunt operates one of the largest company-owned fleets in North America with approximately 111,000 intermodal containers, 20,000 tractors and 40,000 trailers. 

Photo credit: J.B. Hunt