Canadian logistics provider and package carrier Purolator International opened a facility in Minneapolis as it rolls out an “aggressive” expansion in the U.S.
“Minneapolis is our fourth branch opening in 2011 so far, with recent openings in San Francisco, Boston and Salt Lake City,” said President John Costanzo.
Purolator is aiming for a larger share of cross-border freight shipped between the U.S. and Canada. Cross-border surface trade is growing in double digits this year.
Surface trade between the countries totaled $48.7 billion in March, up 15.7 percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
In 2010, U.S.-Canadian surface trade increased 22.1 percent to $471.1 billion.
The value of overseas imports transshipped to the U.S. through Canada or Mexico increased 8.5 percent in 2010 to $60.8 billion, according to the BTS.
“There’s a vast amount of cross-border trade between Canada, Minneapolis and the entire Central Region,” said Costanzo.
Purolator International is the former Purolator USA, with headquarters in Jericho, N.Y. Canadian-based Purolator, formerly Purolator Courier, owns the company.
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