DHL Expands Perishables Offering in Response to Customer Needs

DHL Expands Perishables Offering in Response to Customer NeedsPLANTATION, Fla.  (Profitable.com)  DHL Global Forwarding, the world’s leading air and ocean freight provider, is partnering with Interstate Transport, Inc. and Trans World Forwarding Inc. (TWF) to offer customers a complete perishable supply chain solution starting from the point of consolidation at origin across Latin America to destinations across North America. This industry first in offering a complete solutions-driven expertise is designed to match customer’s specific supply chain requirements in perishables.

“Given DHL Global Forwarding’s increased focus on the perishables sector, this three-way partnership allows us to provide customers a service that no one else in the market can offer: one process, one contact, and one bill, no matter where their perishable purchases originate across Central or South America,” said Samuel Israel, chief executive officer for DHL Global Forwarding Latin America.

The partnership will guarantee the cold chain integrity from point of origin in Central and South America to the final delivery location at North American consignees. Interstate will take control of the perishable freight at the DHL gateway in Miami and ensure prompt and fresh delivery for all points in North America. This unique partnership will provide controlled temperature trucking for perishables coming in by air or ocean for all kinds of commodities such as cut flowers, produce and fresh seafood – all on one bill – from one freight provider.

“This partnership now means importers, wholesalers, and retailers can deal with one point of contact, one bill, and one process for every order, rather than dealing with up to six separate entities. This complete supply chain solution is the first of its kind in the industry and guarantees that complete cold chain integrity is maintained. For the first time ever, wholesalers and retailers can buy perishables direct from any Latin American country, irrespective of location, and deal with one person,” said Tim Higham, chief executive officer of Interstate Transport.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, TWF will act as DHL Global Forwarding’s preferred provider in charge of receiving cargo from the airport and seaport and then handling and processing the shipment until it is ready to be transported as per the customer’s need. Some of the services that TWF will provide include: customs clearance, inspections, storage, consolidations, pallet breakdown, and cross-docking, direct delivery to importers in the Miami area.

“By working together we can approach customers with strategic solutions tailored for their specific perishable needs. Whether it is transporting rose bouquets from Ecuador or meat from Argentina, by working together we can extend the life of our customers’ products,” said Yossi Hatsor, chief executive officer for Trans World Forwarding.

Furthermore, DHL Global Forwarding will have access to TWF’s state-of-the-art 270,000 square foot/25,100 m2 cooler with capacity to hold 27,000 skids/pallets. TWF is one of the few logistics companies with the most advanced cooling systems in Florida to manage perishables.

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About Interstate Transport:

Interstate Transport, Inc. is one of the fastest growing logistics providers in the United States. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, Interstate provides logistics, and distribution services and complete logistics outsourcing solutions including transportation management software (InMotion Global TMS™) to customers across the United States. Interstate’s Freight Management Center and Disaster Freight Management Center provide: trucking capacity and Internet load tracking for every shipment, routing and load optimization, Internet load tendering, guaranteed appointment setting, and complete efficiency reporting. Learn more at www.Interstate-Transport.com.

About Trans World Forwarding Inc.:

Trans World Forwarding Inc. (TWF) is a leading third-party logistics provider (3PL) specializing in the perishable market (flowers, produce, dairy, meat, etc.). Established in 1991, TWF provides services to Latin America, throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia and across the globe. TWF provides its customers with “one stop shop” solutions, covering the entire range of supply chain needs, from supplier to final destination. Last year, TWF moved into its extraordinary state-of-the-art 270,000 square foot (25,100 m2) facility, which is considered one of the most advanced and efficient refrigerated facilities in Florida. With more than 200,000 square feet of temperature controlled and humidity controlled space, TWF has positioned itself as one of the top perishable handling companies in the industry.