BNSF and KCS Join Forces to Provide New Intermodal Shipping Solutions between Mexico and the U.S.

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) today 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 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.

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According to Reynolds Hutchins from JOC:

Although the railroads promise competitive “truck-like” intermodal transit times, unlike truck shipments, intermodal rail shipments moving via the new service will not have to stop at the border for customs clearance. Instead, shipments travel in-bond, clearing customs at Mexico origins and destinations.

But, the new service announcement comes at a time when it is decidedly unclear what the incoming Trump administration will mean for US-Mexico trade. The president-elect made it clear on the campaign trail that he would begin a wholesale reevaluation and renegotiation of NAFTA during his first 200 days in office.

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