The key to Purolator International’s success is the freight forwarder’s extensive Canadian network, according to the profile of the company in American Shipper’s January issue. Purolator projects a 20% increase in total volumes handled in 2014 … this, despite a slight decline in US exports into Canada, as documented by Datamyne’s Canadian trade data.
While Purolator looks to expand its intermodal offerings, these logistics services target exports from Asia, Europe, and Mexico. US-Canadian flows still move mostly by truck with occasional air. Ultimately, says John Costanzo, president of the Canadian integrator’s US arm, the driver shortage and other pressures will motivate companies to modify their supply chains to lessen dependence on long-haul drivers and make more use of rail and intermodal transport.