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 MEXICO CITY, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- American President Lines (APL) has introduced a first-of-its-kind delivery service for less-than- container-load (LCL) shipments moving from Asia to Mexico. The company said the new service will support the needs of Mexican importers, retailers and manufacturers who require partial or overflow shipments of merchandise or parts, or deliveries that include merchandise from multiple Asian origin points.
 "Mexico's commercial activity will expand more rapidly in the post-NAFTA era," said Joaquin Montalvan, vice president of APL's Mexican affiliate, APC de Mexico, based in Mexico City. "A fast, reliable LCL service will provide Mexican consignees with greater control, convenience and flexibility than has been available." Typical LCL shipments to Mexico might include bicycle or electronics parts, or consumer goods and garments sourced from one or more Asian countries, according to Montalvan.
 He noted that APL's new capability to handle LCL shipments will complement the company's full-containerload service between Asia and Mexico, which has been offered for more than a decade. Last month, APL announced that it plans to improve the full-containerload service through a partnership with Mexican Line (TMM).
 Travels 'In-Bond' to Destination
 Montalvan said APL's "through" LCL service is the first to deliver partial containerloads directly to Mexican commercial centers intact, without the need for the customer to arrange for inland transportation. Also, he said, while other LCL services into Mexico often encounter border delays for customs entry, payment of duties and reconsolidation, the APL shipments travel in-bond across the United States-Mexico border so that payment of duties is deferred until the shipment arrives at its destination in Mexico. The result is that cargo re-handling and border delays are minimized.
 Origin countries under the new LCL service to Mexico include Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Montalvan said transit times are fast and reliable; the delivery from Hong Kong to Mexico City takes 24 days, and from Thailand, 29 days.
 Montalvan noted that the service is offered in partnership with Almacenadora Prime, S.A., APL's bonded warehouse at destination. They receive the shipment at their conveniently located facilities in Mexico City or Guadalajara and make it available to the customer.
 Pioneer in Container Services to Mexico
 In addition to APL's new LCL service and its weekly full-containerload services linking Asia and Mexico, other company affiliates provide extensive transportation services to and from Mexico. APL Stacktrain Services, based in Oakland, Calif., pioneered the use of efficient double-stack container trains to link Mexico, the United States and Canada; and APL Distribution Services, also based in Oakland, is an intermodal marketing company that arranges long-haul transportation for truckload shipments within North America. In Mexico, all company services can be accessed through APC de Mexico (APL) offices in Mexico City, Monterrey or Guadalajara.
 Each of the Mexico offices is on-line with the company's global telecommunications network that encompasses Asia, the United States and Canada. This means customers can be kept abreast of the status of their shipments, Montalvan noted.
 APL is the leading container operator between Asia and North America. It is part of the American President Companies (NYSE: APS) group that provides container transportation and related services in North America, Asia and the Middle East.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Olsen or Joaquin Montalvan of APC de Mexico, (52-5) 652-2425; or Steve Potash of Potash & Co., 510-261-1570, for APL/

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