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.

Atlantic Intermodal Services Named Mid-Atlantic Trucking Company of the Year by Evergreen

Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation recently announced that it awarded Atlantic Intermodal Services with the prestigious Trucking Company of the Year award for the Mid-Atlantic region. In a congratulatory letter to AIS, Evergreen’s president, Roy Amalfitano, noted that, “Atlantic Intermodal Service’s consistent level of performance as a transportation partner has earned this recognition.”

AIS president, Jeff Banton, noted that, “This award goes to our entire Norfolk Region who continually provides stellar service and handles the Mid-Atlantic region for Evergreen.” Team members from the Greensboro office at AIS include Sue Collins, Ashley Madden, William Miller and Kelly Smith. Team members from the Norfolk office at AIS include Frank Borum, Lauren Forbes, Susie Gresham, Janet Hirsch, Shelby Iniguez, George Jurak, Gerry Mills and Brooke Rutherford. Thank-you also to the hardworking drivers in the Norfolk Region that delivered the service.

Atlantic Intermodal Services is part of the IMC Companies family of brands, 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. For more information on Atlantic Intermodal Services, visit www.atlanticintermodal.com.

From ‘a desk and a telephone’ to $300 million in revenue

Despite having more than 2,000 employees in multiple cities and close to $300 million in revenue, Mark George, chairman of IMC Cos., attributes his business’ success to one simple thing:

“Being in the right place at the right time with the right idea has a lot to do with the success of IMC,” George says.

To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.

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 Cos. leases Lenox suite

Memphis Business Journal
March 20, 2015

IMC Cos., a Memphis-based container drayage, equipment management and logistics solutions company, is expanding its footprint in Lenox Office Park.

March 13, DBA Hart Contractors LLC filed a $26,695 tenant infill-building permit for suite 214 consisting of 2,281 rentable square feet (rsf).

To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.