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Matson Providing Free Shipping of Typhoon Relief Supplies

December 4, 2013, 5:23 PM HST
* Updated December 4, 5:24 PM
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Matson is partnering with the LBC Foundation to deliver donated typhoon relief goods to the Philippine Red Cross which will distribute them to areas affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The company announced Tuesday it will provide the free shipping to Manila for goods already collected from Hawai`i and Guam, transporting container loads of relief items donated to the LBC Foundation.

About 3,000 boxes of donated goods were collected in Hawai`i and Guam, including more than 320 boxes from the Big Island, enough to fill a 40-foot container.

“On behalf of all the Filipinos affected by the super typhoon, we would like to thank Matson for contributing to this global relief effort,” Patricia Garcia of the LBC Mundial Corporation said in a statement.  “It will go a long way and will make a difference in the lives of those affected.”

The LBC foundation is the charitable arm of the Philippines-based LBC Express, which was founded as the Luzon Brokerage Corporation. It has has more than 60 years of experience as a cargo and courier company.

Matson, which has a fleet of 18 vessels, provides shipping between Hawai`i, Guam, Micronesia and some other South Pacific islands, as well as service from China to Southern California. The Philippines is not one of its usual shipping destinations, a spokesman said.

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