APL Plans Chicago Intermodal Terminal

APL Plans Chicago Intermodal Terminal

Container shipping line APL is building an intermodal container terminal in Joliet, Ill., to strengthen its transcontinental network in the United States.

APL purchased 43 acres within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, an inland port developed by CenterPoint Properties on the former site of the Joliet Arsenal.

The company expects to open the terminal in December.

The carrier’s intermodal expansion reflects deeper shipping line involvement in the flow of containerized goods to inland ports and final destinations. Ocean carriers are offering a menu of new services to to U.S. inland destinations, shipping executives told The Journal of Commerce’s Inland Ports conference.

The container yard will be close to Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway intermodal terminals, as well as customer warehouses and distribution centers.

The yard will function as APL’s Chicago Global Gateway, the company said, eventually replacing the shipping line’s container terminal in Chicago.

“APL has a strong transcontinental intermodal network in the U.S. and we want to build on that strength,” said APL Americas President Gene Seroka.

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