Technology is essential to the future of drayage

IMC Companies’ Chairman Mark H. George spoke to JOC.com in late 2016 about the future of drayage as the industry faces major change on the ocean carrier side and the importance of technology investment as well as his company’s Northeast expansion plans. To view this interview visit the Journal of Commerce.

DCLI to Raise Chassis Fees; Trucking Response Mixed

Direct ChassisLink Inc. will raise daily chassis rates it charges truckign companies to haul contianers from ports in the Southeast, Gulf Coast and Midwest beginning Dec. 15, following similar increases from Trac Intermodal and Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. this summer.

DCLI will raise rates 50 cents in the Southeast and Gulf Coast to $19 and $19.50, respectively, and 75 cents in the Midwest to $20.

To read more, visit Transport Topics.

Trans-Pacific cargo rolled on spot rate strength and late peak-season surge

US importers are riding an increase in rolled cargo, as trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates hold at levels at twice that of some contracted prices and vessel utilization inches up on a late peak-season surge.

While the increased freight rates provide a measure of relief to an ocean carrier industry that is expected to loose as much as $10 billion globally this year, it is uncertain how much longer the current peak-season conditions in Asia-US trade will last. Some carriers are telling shippers that cargo will keep getting rolled through the month, while others are warning to expect spot rate cargo to gain preference over contracted cargo into November, a handful of US importers told JOC.com.

To read more, visit the Journal of Commerce.

IMC Companies Completes National Footprint with Acquisition of Progressive Transportation Services

Memphis-based IMC Companies is adding another top-tier company to its family of brands. Effective July 1, California-based Progressive Transportation Services (PTS) has become part of IMC Companies, a national leader in intermodal logistics. PTS will continue to serve customers throughout the entire west coast market, and will now operate as part of IMC Companies.

This brings the number of brands under the IMC Companies umbrella to nine including Atlantic Intermodal Services (AIS), DNJ Intermodal Services (DNJ), Frederick Intermodal (FI), Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS), IMC Global Solutions (IGS), Intermodal Cartage Company (IMCG), National Drayage Services (NDS), Ohio Intermodal Services (OIS), and now Progressive Transportation Services (PTS).

“A desire to expand our geographic footprint led us to do an extensive search over the past two years to find the right company to give us an established presence in California,” said Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “We vetted more than 25 companies and chose PTS above all based on their stellar performance record, service offerings and core values that are aligned with those of our organization.”

With locations in Los Angeles, Oakland and Stockton, PTS is an industry leader in California and is the largest container drayage company headquartered in Long Beach, CA. The company also provides container transloading and warehousing services. The acquisition of PTS completes IMC Companies’ national footprint as it can now handle freight in any major rail or port facility in the entire United States. With this acquisition comes the addition of all PTS facilities, rolling stock and the company’s 250 team members. This brings the employee count for IMC Companies to more than 2,000 team members across the nation dedicated to providing international supply chain solutions.

For more information on Progressive Transportation Services, visit www.progressive-transportation.com.

About IMC Companies:
IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage. To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com.

IMC Companies opening Ohio unit

IMC Companies is launching Columbus-based Ohio Intermodal Services to provide container drayage services in the Ohio Valley.

IMC chairman Mark George tapped Barry Bernard to lead the new company. Bernard came on board at IMC in 2013 when the Memphis-based intermodal logistics company bought Express America Trucking Inc., which Bernard started in 2000.

To read more, visit, the Commercial Appeal.

Transportation firm to expand in Greensboro

After expanding its Triad work force at a Greensboro office it opened a few years ago, a Charleston, S.C.-based company that specializes in transportation services such as import/export cargo shipments is planning to move to a larger facility nearby by Feb. 1.

Atlantic Intermodal Services opened a 1,500-square-foot office at 3225 Pinecroft Court in 2012, with one crew member and about 10 drivers, said Jeff Banton, company president. To read more, visit the Triad Business Journal.

Turning Trucking Around with Technology

IMC Companies’ Mark George spoke to JOC.com about how technology can help with the truck driver shortage, increase productivity, and the benefits of Memphis as ‘America’s Distribution Center.’ To view the interview CLICK HERE.

IMC Global Solutions buys North Carolina Furniture Importer

(Memphis, TN) – IMC Global Solutions (IGS), a member of the IMC Companies family of brands announced this week that it has officially acquired Global Shippers Association (GSA), an established leader in the import of home furnishings. This significant acquisition will more than double the size of IGS.

“For some time, we have been seeking out opportunities to expand our reach and customer base,” says IGS president Mason George. “GSA presented a prime opportunity to purchase a company whose customers fully appreciate the value of shipping with an efficiencies-focused logistics expert.”

In addition, GSA customers will now have access to the comprehensive suite of services offered by the IMC Companies family of brands including customs house brokerage, truck brokerage and access to more than 1,500 drivers.

GSA will continue to operate as an association with the same leadership team, and they will continue to be dedicated to the import of home furnishings.

“We are pleased to welcome into our family a like-minded organization that focuses on maximizing efficiencies, providing competitive value and superior customer service,” says Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “I commend Mason and his team for the foresight and hard work it took to finalize this deal. Through his leadership, IGS is creating a platform for IMC Companies to provide a more complete transportation solution for import/export customers, enabling us to remain focused on leading the industry in international trade.”

For more information about Global Shippers Association, visit www.shipgsa.com.

IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs house brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage. To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com.

Gulf Intermodal Expands into Warehousing

Effective June 1, 2015, IMC Companies opened a warehouse facility in excess of 110,000 square feet in La Porte, TX through its Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS) brand which has locations in Houston, Laredo, Mobile, New Orleans, Gulfport, and San Antonio.  The warehouse is only minutes from Barbours City and Bay Port terminals.

This facility is secure, has a best-in-class WMS system and offers ancillary services such as covered flatbed loading and unloading.  The expansion is part of IMC Companies’ commitment to continually grow its scope of services and address client needs.

Transloading international shipments at the port is the fastest growing segment of the import/export trade.  GIS is the first company in the IMC Companies family of brands to venture into this space.

“As an industry leader, we were eager to invest in growing our business to include this service,” says Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies.  “This strategic move will allow us to provide enhanced services to our customers and to expand our offerings within the gulf and nationally.”

The leadership team at GIS has decades of experience in owning and overseeing professional warehousing facilities, with expertise spanning across a variety of commodities including apparel, electronics, medical supplies, lumber and more.

“GIS president Will Connell is the perfect fit to lead our organization in this development given the fifteen years of warehouse experience he had before he joined our team a decade ago,” says George.  “His expertise in international shipping gives him extraordinary insight into our industry and key growth opportunities such as this recent expansion.”

About Gulf Intermodal Services

Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS) provides professional drayage services in Houston, TX; Laredo, TX; Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA; Gulfport, MS; and San Antonio, TX. GIS is part of the IMC Companies family of brands, a national intermodal logistics specialist focused on international shipments. For more information on GIS, visit www.gulfintermodal.com.

About IMC Companies:

IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs house brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, chassis repair and secured container storage.  To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com