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Horizon Lines to launch inland U.S. express service

The Horizon Tiger container vessel will operate in the new Five Star Express service for Charlotte-based Horizon Lines. Photo courtesy of Horizon Lines

Charlotte-based Horizon Lines said it will launch express intermodal container service to inland U.S. cities when it begins its new Five Star Express trans-Pacific liner service in December.

Plans include 15-day availability in Kansas City, Mo., from Shanghai and 16-day availability in Dallas using scheduled intermodal rail service from Los Angeles every week.

Horizon, a domestic ocean-shipping and integrated-logistics company, will also offer express inland service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago and Memphis, Tenn.

Horizon plans to expand the inland express network throughout the United States next year.

Brian Taylor, Horizon Lines’ senior vice president of international services, said the Five Star Express will provide fast and reliable transit service at a time when U.S. retailers are maintaining lower inventory levels and placing more logistics responsibilities on their manufacturing partners in China.

“As other carriers reduce service locations and slow service speeds, U.S. shippers continue to tell us they want fast and reliable service alternatives not only port-to-port, but inland to final destinations as well,” he said.

Horizon Lines operates a fleet of 20 U.S.-flag containerships and operates five port terminals linking the continental United States with Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia and Puerto Rico.

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