Horizon Logistics, LLC has created a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVO) within its organization, offering international ocean-shipping services to U.S. importers and exporters. As an NVO, licensed by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, Horizon can issue its own bills of lading and public tariffs, drawing on the capacity of vessel operators. First shipments under the new service were scheduled to move in late January. Horizon Logistics president Brian Taylor noted that the move is actually a re-entry into the international ocean-shipping area, given that many of the company's staff members are veterans of the former ocean carrier Sea-Land Service, Inc., which is now part of Maersk Inc. While it plans to serve all international trades, Horizon initially will focus on the trans-Pacific trade lanes between Asia and North America. In addition to booking the portion of a shipment's journey, the company will offer inland logistics services and arrange for U.S. Customs clearance.
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