Joint BNSF, KCS service connects to Mexican areas

Joint BNSF, KCS service connects to Mexican areas

BNSF Railway Company and Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced a new joint service to offer intermodal transportation connecting the Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth markets and other major markets on the BNSF network with consumer and industrial regions on the Kansas City Southern de México network. The new service offerings, which start December 1, will provide intermodal transportation five days a week.

Northbound, the service will operate from Toluca, San Luis Potosí or Monterrey, Mexico; to Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago. Southbound, the service will originate from Chicago or Dallas/Fort Worth to Laredo TX or to Monterrey, San Luis Potosí or Toluca, Mexico. Customers using this service can also connect to the West Coast to and from Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Stockton CA, and Seattle WA and Portland OR in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, customers will have the ability to connect to other regions along BNSF’s 32,500-mile network from Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago as well as other railroads to reach northeastern and Canadian markets.

This new service offers customers moving consumer goods—including foods and beverages—a secure and direct connection to some of the most important consumer and manufacturing regions in Mexico. Trains moving in both directions carrying 53-foot intermodal containers will interchange at Robstown TX.

The service provides competitive “truck-like” intermodal transit times. It features a multi-layered safety and security process that includes monitoring shipments throughout the route using strategic rail inspection portals. Customers will have access to tools 24 hours a day, seven days a week to track shipments in both countries. Intermodal rail shipments moving in this service will not have to stop at the border for customs clearance. Instead, shipments travel in-bond, clearing customs at Mexico origins and destinations.

BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of food and beverages, consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, and low-sulfur coal.

KCS, headquartered in Kansas City MO, is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the United States, Mexico and Panama.

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