The freight industry is well prepared to handle a massive increase in demand across the vital US-Oceania trade lane, according to an international freight executive.
Andrew Coldrey, Vice President APAC of C.H. Robinson, a world leader in logistics, is confident freight providers are stepping up to handle the increased demand for imported goods from the US.
Mr Coldrey says the market is responding well to the disruption caused by COVID, the war in Ukraine and congestion at ports around the globe.
C.H. Robinson was recently named the largest Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) offering ocean transportation between the US and Oceania.
Responsible for moving about 6% of goods between the US and Australia and New Zealand, C.H. Robinson handles more volume than any other on this trade lane.
FTA providing growth opportunities in Oceania region
Mr Coldrey said the company last year shipped more than 10,000 TEUs from the US to Oceania.
“It is encouraging to see the US-Oceania trade lane performing so strongly, with a total market of more than 190,000 TEUs highlighting the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement and providing growth opportunities for importers in our region,” he said.
“C.H. Robinson has more than 200 offices in North America employing 12,000 people with a dedicated inland team devoted to drayage procurement, which is a major challenge in the current US market.
“It is this sheer scale on the ground in North America across Canada, the United States and Mexico coupled with our number one position on the North American - Oceania trade lane that enables us to handle the volume of imports demanded by our customers,” Mr Coldrey said.