BNSF, Kansas City Southern Launch New Joint Intermodal Service

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BNSF Railway Co. and Kansas City Southern last month announced a new joint service to offer intermodal transportation.

705182The service connects the Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth markets and other major markets on the BNSF network with important consumer and industrial regions on the Kansas City Southern de México network.The new service offerings, which start Dec. 1, will provide intermodal transportation five days a week.

The new service offerings started Dec. 1 and provide intermodal transportation five days a week, the companies said in a news release.

“The Kansas City Southern Railway Company in the U.S. and Kansas City Southern de México are proud to partner with BNSF to expand the portfolio of services we offer in our cross-border product, enabling our shippers to compete more effectively in the market and provide enhanced supply chain logistics to the customer,” Erik Hansen, KCS vice president intermodal, said in a news release.

The service provides competitive “truck-like” intermodal transit times, when compared with over-the-road options. 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, 7 days a week to track shipments in both countries. Unlike truck shipments, 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.