Photo: Landstar System

Photo: Landstar System

Landstar System has opened a new, larger U.S./Mexico logistics service center in Laredo, Texas.

The 31,000-square-foot logistics facility is located on a 50-acre site that accommodates 450 trailers and provides room for future expansion. It features a secured C-TPAT certified site, including a 30-bay cross-dock and transload facility, along with a dedicated platform and heavy/specialized freight area with a custom 120-ton, stand-alone bridge crane.

“Landstar is known for its high level of service and extensive geographic coverage, servicing the Mexico market using more than 1,000 van and platform trailers to accommodate the broad range of commodities that comprise cross-border trade,” said Landstar Transportation Logistics Executive Vice President of Operations Eric Meyer. “The facility will better serve Landstar’s customers, capacity providers and agents, and we believe it will position Landstar as the premier freight transport provider of cross-border operations.”

The 30-door cross dock is comprised of more than 20,000 square feet of space designed to bring efficiencies to Landstar’s less-than-truckload and transload services. This will complement the company’s LTL business by allowing the consolidation of several LTL shipments into one truckload before crossing the border into Mexico.

Landstar’s Mexico service offerings include truckload, rail, LTL, transload and customs brokerage.

The new yard is capable of holding more than 450 trailers, which is 2.5 times the capacity of Landstar’s previous facility, and has a dedicated heavy-haul section that includes a custom designed, 120-ton stand-alone bridge crane. The crane has a clearance area of 35 feet high and 37 feet wide to allow transloading many of the largest "super loads."

The Landstar center also features conference rooms and meeting space for customers and agents, and a state-of-the-art area for Landstar business capacity owners, the company’s term for truck owner-operators leased to Landstar. The BCO area includes a lounge, media center, computer room, laundry and much more, all designed with comfort and accessibility in mind.