Estes Speeds Canada-Bound LTL Freight

Estes Speeds Canada-Bound LTL Freight

Estes is speeding freight from the U.S. Southwest to Western Canada, launching a three-day service from Texas and Oklahoma to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

The less-than-truckload carrier reduced freight handling and increased its use of direct lanes to reduce transit time between the regions from five days to three.

The service links critical oil-producing regions in the U.S. and Canada.

"Industries that ship significant freight in these lanes cannot afford delays waiting for parts and supplies," said Billy Hupp, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Richmond, Va.-based trucking company.

Estes will offer the three-day service from terminals in Houston, Temple, San Antonio, Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City.

It's part of a broader re-engineering at the largest privately owned LTL carrier in the United States.

The $1.3 billion company cut transit times to more than 75,000 destinations since the start of the year, cutting a day off transit times in the Midwest in April.

Estes' efforts to shave days off transit times are part of a broader quickening in the LTL market, where carriers of all sizes are speeding shipments to gain customers.

-- Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.