October 13, 2015 – Odyssey Logistics (Odyssey) announces a new international logistics service for the metals industry that is an extension of the domestic service it currently provides. This new service leverages Odyssey’s leadership in domestic intermodal metals transportation with its expertise in international transportation management to provide marine logistics capabilities, and is in response to increasing demand from both domestic and international customers seeking an end-to-end solution across the globe.
“We already have a significant presence in the North American intermodal metals market, providing door-to-door service into Canada and Mexico,” said Odyssey President and CEO Bob Shellman. “This will provide our customers with one-stop shopping for all their domestic and international intermodal movements.”
The key components of this new international service are Odyssey’s proven Load and Roll Pallet (LRP) and its proprietary system of services, which permit safe, reliable and damage-free transportation of coiled metal product packaged and loaded in any orientation. It also allows shippers of long products and flat products to experience the same benefits. Metals shippers will now have the capability to move their products door to door without additional handling at the port. In addition, because the LRP method is approved by nearly all of North America’s Class 1 railroads, this service provides a seamless transition from marine to intermodal stacktrain service.
“This specialized service, combined with the synergies of Odyssey’s multi-modal solutions, drives efficiencies and savings for our customers. It will also open up new geographic sales territories for them since we are capable of providing service to nearly any port,” said Paul Sever, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CMI Logistics LLC, Odyssey’s intermodal metals business unit. “Shipping metals is very specialized. Metal can be damaged by movement, moisture, mishandling and improper securement as well as other factors. Our LRP and system of services significantly mitigate those factors and reduce the costs associated with the utilization of expensive wood skids and heavy blocking and bracing.”