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LINE's Transport Link cuts trucking costs

LINE, provider of supply chain and logistics solutions, providing collaborative networks and visibility services globally, announced the launch of its new Transport Link service last December. The latest crossborder truck load matching service is aimed at helping Hong Kong shippers in shipping their goods economically, saving up to 15% off their daily trucking costs.

LINE is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH). Transport Link is developed specifically for shippers and trucking companies operating between Hong Kong and the Mainland, by making use of Guanlan Inland Container Depots (GICD) to minimize empty container trips for truckers and reduce crossborder traffic.

The shipper places a cross-border container trucking request with Transport Link, and the request is matched with truckers to maximize spare capacity on their return journey. Currently, crossborder truckers that carry a load for delivery to the Mainland return to Hong Kong with an empty container.

Now, truckers can exchange empty container at GICD, which is strategically located in central Shenzhen, about 20 miles north of Hong Kong. Shenzhen Customs endorsed GICD as the first and only official comprehensive container exchange depot within the region.

LINE CEO Aaron Mak said the new service would benefit shippers and trucking companies by cutting delivery time and lowering operating costs. "With Transport Link, truckers can now pick up extra loads without having to travel all the way back to Hong Kong. That's going to cut their traveling time and their operating costs. Lower costs for truckers means lower costs for shippers-and they'll get their goods delivered faster."

Mak said the increased efficiency would also open up new business opportunities for truckers. "Truckers can now pick up extra cargo and make extra delivery runs. That means more business for them."

Transport Link is expected to ease traffic congestion at the border crossing points as trucks no longer need to cross the border to collect empty containers by making use of GICD services.