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J.B. Hunt to Acquire Brokerage Assets of BNSF Logistics for Expansion

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  • J.B. Hunt to acquire BNSF Logistics' brokerage operations, expanding its logistics capabilities.
  • The acquisition builds on a 30-year partnership between J.B. Hunt and BNSF Railway.
  • Brad Hicks, EVP of J.B. Hunt, highlights the value proposition for customers and growth opportunities.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, North America's supply chain solutions provider, has significantly expanded its capabilities. In collaboration with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, the company is making waves in the industry with the announcement of a definitive agreement. This agreement paves the way for the subsidiary, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., to acquire the brokerage operations of BNSF Logistics, LLC, a notable affiliate of BNSF Railway Company renowned for its comprehensive third-party logistics services, covering a wide spectrum, from full truckload and flatbed to temperature-controlled, drayage, expedited, and less-than-truckload services.

Katie Farmer, CEO and President of BNSF Railway, mentioned,

This agreement with J.B. Hunt reflects companies’ shared commitment to provide industry-leading intermodal service to the customers. This continues more than 30 years of partnership between BNSF and J.B. Hunt and builds on our announcement to further integrate our joint services.

[Source – Business Wire]

Additionally, BNSF Logistics also offers additional services such as warehousing, retail specialty, heavy-haul, and project services; however, these services are not part of the current transaction. This strategic move underscores J.B. Hunt's commitment to strengthening its logistics and supply chain position, enhancing its service offerings, and ultimately delivering greater value to its customers.

Executive Vice President of People and President of Highway Services at J.B. Hunt, Brad Hicks, expressed that BNSF Logistics has demonstrated impressive customer service across various customer sizes. He highlighted that this acquisition, combined with their outstanding intermodal and J.B. Hunt 360box power-only service offering, will create a compelling value proposition for customers, foster growth opportunities for J.B. Hunt, and enhance service capabilities for BNSF Logistics' employee and agent model.

In 1989, J.B. Hunt and BNSF Railway reshaped transportation with an innovative double-stack shipping solution, a pioneering concept that seamlessly combined rail and trucking services. In March 2022, these industry leaders initiated a collaborative effort to increase the intermodal sector's capacity significantly. This ongoing partnership builds upon a longstanding business relationship and shared strategic vision focused on delivering efficient, value-driven solutions to customers within the North American supply chain.

As the transaction concludes, the brokerage operations of BNSF Logistics will become integrated into J.B. Hunt's integrated capacity solutions for segment reporting purposes. The acquisition will be financed using J.B. Hunt's existing cash balance and is on track to be finalized by the end of the year. It's important to note that BNSF Logistics currently offers value-added 3PL services for BNSF Railway. Upon the transaction's completion, a long-term service agreement will be established between BNSF Railway and J.B. Hunt, ensuring the continued provision of these vital services by J.B. Hunt for BNSF Railway. This strategic alignment is set to bolster operational efficiency, elevate service quality, and further solidify the commitment of both entities to the North American supply chain.

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