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70 The Journal of Commerce | May 28 2018 JOC Top Importers and Exporters MOVING CONTAINERIZED FREIGHT in- land from US ports is a daunting task for US-based importers, let alone smaller overseas exporters trying to break into US markets. To help those companies find US truck capacity, MOL Group is partnering with a digital trucking marketplace, NEXT Trucking, which has a warehousing sister company, iDC Logistics. The goal of the partnership is to help smaller Asian enterprises co-load containers bound for the US, and deconsolidate and transload them near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach via iDC and NEXT Trucking. Trucks sourced on the NEXT digital platform then would deliver the goods to distribution cen- ters (DCs) or stores throughout the US, the companies told The Journal of Commerce. "This is basically an end-to-end solution that can allow even small and medium-sized vendors to ship products to the United States," said JeŠ Baumgardner, chief commer- idea is to continue to grow MOL throughout the world, and espe- cially here in the United States with the logistics group." "With the MOL partnership, we'll oŠer a one-stop solution from ocean to drayage to warehousing to trucking," said Lidia Yan, co-founder and CEO of NEXT Trucking. It is a big step for the 3-year-old digital trucking platform, which has fo- cused on matching loads bound out of California with truckers looking for freight at locations and rates they prefer. "We allow truckers to dictate what loads they want; we let drivers tell us what routes they prefer." The MOL Group-NEXT Truck- ing deal comes as shipping lines, forwarders, and marine terminals are looking for ways to better handle the flow of containerized goods in- land and get a grip on rising landside transportation costs. Maersk Line is trying to emulate global integrators such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL and become a one-stop shop for shippers. Cosco Shipping Holdings is aggressively expanding its land- side reach, and marine terminal operators in North America are extending logistics services inland. As a non-vessel-operating common NEXT for imports MOL Group teams up with digital platform to secure US truck capacity for Asian vendors By William B. Cassidy cial o˜cer at MOL Consolidation Services, a logistics subsidiary of Japan's MOL Group. On the shipping company's side, the partnership in- volves MOL Consolidation Services and MOL Logistics, he said. The logistics companies are part of MOL Group, which merged its MOL container carrier with Japan's other two shipping lines, "K" Line and NYK, creating Ocean Network Express (ONE) in a joint venture April 1. "Things have changed here with the liner group joining ONE," Baumgardner said. "The focus here is logistics. We've spent a lot of time creating the MOL brand, and the "We allow truckers to dictate what loads they want; we let drivers tell us what routes they prefer."

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