AUSTRALIAN LINE OPENS USDA INSPECTION UNIT

AUSTRALIAN LINE OPENS USDA INSPECTION UNIT

Australia-New Zealand Direct Line, offering U.S. meat importers a new distribution option for frozen and chilled shipments, has opened an on-site USDA inspection facility at its refrigerated hub in Chicago.

The hub, known as Chicago Trans-load Systems, is close to major Midwest meat buyers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. ANZDL said it provides importers with access to meat buyers within 24 to 36 hours of selling their shipment. ANZDL said importers will be able to take advantage of on-site Department of Agriculture inspection at the facility, eliminating potential delays at discharge ports while minimizing rehandling of shipments.

''Chicago Transload Systems is located in the heart of the meat grinding industry and simply provides access to more customers than Philadelphia,'' said Stuart Rattray, ANZDL's vice president, North America. ''One of the main benefits of having the USDA inspection on-site is that shipments can now be railed directly to Chicago without having to stop for inspection at the port,'' he said.