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Page 36 of 39 heavy shipments is a way to potentially reduce the overall number of containers needed to move cargo. In other words, some shipments can be consolidated into four "heavyweight" containers instead of using five containers. "We've seen this trend at Philadelphia," Parker said. Transloading is another trend that's growing. In fact, it's been the biggest growth opportunity for Associates Warehousing. "We can dray the import container to our facility and store the cargo, or the customer can transload it for onward transportation," he said. Because of the uptick in trade in the Philadelphia region, "there are a lot of trucks coming into the area and making deliveries, and they're looking for freight on the backhaul," which opens up opportunities for importers who are looking for transportation from Philadelphia, Parker explained. In conversations with his import customers, Parker advises them to stay with a port that's closest to the final destination for the cargo, which is especially prudent in the current trade boom that is straining all aspects of the global supply chain. At the same time, "we're always keeping an eye on new service offerings from the steamship lines, particularly those that include Philadelphia and which we can promote to our customers," Parker said. For Trans American Trucking Services, the ability to provide over-the-road transportation for heavy and specialized freight, such as transformers for power distribution substations, turbine runners for hydroelectric dams, and massive pieces of custom-built industrial machinery, obviously requires highly specialized equipment and expertise. The South Plainfied, New Jersey-based company's fleet comprises approximately 200 trailers and 50 power units. Trans American's largest trailers are multi-axle (up to 22), which can accommodate loads up to 300,000 pounds. Trans American was one of the first Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Partners in Protection (PIP) certified carriers. The company is also a member in good standing of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), the NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, and the Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA). Transporting overweight and over- dimensional cargo requires extensive coordination with multiple entities and the utmost in safety. "This can be challenging at times in order to get the scheduling down. But, the Philadelphia Police Department is always excellent to work with, and we appreciate the partnership," Craig McGraw, vice president of sales and marketing, said, adding that working together to achieve a common goal is essential to being successful. "From the moment the cargo arrives at the port the process begins, whether it's the longshore personnel working the ship, the drivers getting loaded and delivering product to the customers, or the company executives overseeing the operation, everyone plays an important role," McGraw said. "It's always great to see the teamwork and camaraderie that is displayed day in, day out in our industry to make this happen." A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE May 24 2021 | 37 PHILADELPHIA TRADE & LOGISTICS WWW.TRANSAMER.COM 908-755-9000 RATES@TRANSAMER.COM Over 40 years of industry leadership. Heavy & Specialized ttransportation up to 300,000lbs. Over 500,000 sq-ft of storage space including secure U.S.Customs bonded areas. Warehousing and trucking terminals within proximity of Philadelphia, strategically located adjacent to Port Newark and the Port of Baltimore.

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