COMPETITION WATCH: Hercules to celebrate 20 years in business

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VANCOUVER, B.C. Hercules, an LTL motor carrier handling over 15,000 shipments per month, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in May.

The Vancouver – based carrier, which initially began as freight forwarder in May of 1985, services all major Canadian cities from the United States, as well as selected U.S. regional markets through one of their 20 "no break-bulk" terminals. Hercules currently employs over 450 people in North America.

Hercules says it has experienced continued growth with its "no break-bulk" terminals and team driven line-haul units, which it claims achieve transit times often 1-4 days faster than competition in the LTL sector.

Hercules was the FIRST highway carrier to communicate electronically (EDI) with Canada Customs after becoming the first LTL Carrier CSA Approved in August 2001. In 1999 Hercules also began putting CCI (Canada Customs Invoice) image scanners in their P&D trucks, which enables a faster delivery of documents to customs brokers, rather than waiting for the unit to arrive at the terminal for processing.

Hercules’ U.S. head office is in Los Angeles California. President Martin Burnham also serves as the Chairman of the ATA’s (American Trucking Association) Cross Border Committee and sits on the board of the ATA’s National Accounting & Finance Council.

Hercules is a general commodities carrier and services customers in many different industries such as retail, automotive, manufacturing and distribution.

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