Miami hub eases way to South
THROUGH its Miami sales and service hub which opened in 1993, U-Freight America is making rapid in-roads into the Central and South American markets.
The office, operated on a co-operative basis with specialist regional forwarder Lafco, represents a sensible marriage of U-Freight's Far East and North American expertise with Lafco's great experience of the South and Central American market.
Traffic through the new Miami office includes perishables, seafood, textiles and partly manufactured goods.
U-Freight uses the hub to transship goods moving in both directions between South East Asia and the Americas, as well as goods destined for or originating in the US market.
Gene Boyer, managing director of U-Freight America, said: ''Trade between Southeast Asia and South America continues to increase. Through our Miami hub, we offer dedicated sea freight, air freight and sea-air services connecting key trade centres on three continents.'' The Miami office represents another piece in its global network.
Mr Boyer said: ''While we have had traditional strengths in North America and Southeast Asia, we have only recently concentrated our resources on building in Europe and Africa.
''Now, through our Miami operation, we can turn our attention to the one area of the globe where our presence has been negligible.
''Miami, with an extensive network of international ocean and air transportation services, is the logical gateway for companies world wide wishing to move goods to and from countries in South and Central America.''