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Local Transportation Company Visits Cuba with U.S. Logistics Delegation

Tour coincides with President Obama’s historic visit to normalize trade relations

(Lebanon, PA) April 4, 2016 – Lebanon-based DRT Transportation was part of an 18-company U.S. logistics delegation that met with Cuban officials in late March to learn more about the nation’s transportation infrastructure and the challenges in facilitating the flow of goods and services in and out of the country. DRT President Rob Kemp was among logistics executives invited to join the delegation, which was organized by the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

“We were honored to be invited to join this historic event as members of the delegation,” Kemp said. “But more importantly the trip allowed us to better assess the challenges ahead as we help our customers grow their businesses through trade in Cuba and find new ways to build efficiencies in our systems using Cuba as a new logistics resource in moving goods worldwide.”

In a March 29 Wall Street Journal article detailing the visit, Kemp addressed the logistics challenges U.S. companies looking to export to Cuba face.

“You’re talking about building a society for 12 million people that hasn’t been touched for 40 years,” he said. From construction materials to the consumer market, the possibilities are ‘endless,’ ” Kemp told the WSJ, adding that it was clear from visits to cargo sites that Cuba needs big improvement in its transportation infrastructure.

DRT Transportation, headquartered in North Cornwall Township, was founded in 2007. It provides non-asset based transportation services, including full truckload (both dry van and temperature control), LTL, parcel, warehousing, supply chain optimization, vendor management and project management. It was ranked as the fastest growing private company in Central Pennsylvania in the 2014 Inc. 5000 rankings.

In addition to its North Cornwall headquarters, DRT Transportation has branches in Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota to provide a comprehensive network across the country.

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