(July 14, 12:50 p.m.) Intermodal trucking and logistics services provider RoadLink, Atlanta, has acquired Montreal, Canada-based CP Ships Trucking Ltd. (C-Truck) from Hamburg, Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd Inc. RoadLink plans to launch a new alliance with Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada-based Fastfrate, a transportation and logistics firm.

C-Truck has six locations in Canada and the U.S., and operates about 240 trucks. The alliance between RoadLink and Fastfrate allows the companies to provide customers one-stop, seamless and cost-effective transportation services.

Intermodal transportation, which uses at least two modes of transportation from origin to destination, is a large and growing industry, said Chris Munro, president and chief executive officer for RoadLink.

“There’s a huge shift in the industry to traffic in large containers like ours because of environmental and import concerns,” Munro said.

The alliance with Fastfrate enables RoadLink to enhance its capabilities for the U.S. and Canada. Munro said it will specifically assist RoadLink in transporting goods across the border to Canada.

“Can you pick up 100 deliveries in 20 different locations and get them all delivered on time? That sort of service offer is actually a huge ability that other people do not have,” Munro said.

Munro said he expects the acquisition to provide RoadLink’s existing customer base with better service while also reaching a larger portion of the market, Munro said.

“We are now the largest market leader, which will attract new customers as well. It’s a win-win-win for everybody and I really believe that,” Munro said.

The alliance provides shippers of refrigerated produce a special benefit of timeliness and traceability.

Munro said customers in the fresh produce industry can expect a guarantee of service on time. RoadLink also provides visibility of real-time transportation information through its TrueVision platform on the Web.

“Customers can see where their goods are through the entire process,” Munro said.

RoadLink also manages the disposal or return of containers to railway and shipping companies to help customers avoid holding fees.