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Unveiling the new intermodal service between Mexico and the United States

27 Nov 2023

By  Sherine Chen     

In a groundbreaking move that is set to redefine cross-border logistics, another new intermodal service linking Mexico and the United States has been unveiled. BNSF Railway (BNSF), Grupo México Transportes (GMXT), and J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced the creation of a new intermodal service. This service will connect the regions of Nuevo Leon, Silao-Bajio, and Pantaco-Mexico City via the Eagle Pass, Texas border crossing. This groundbreaking initiative is poised to redefine the logistics landscape, providing a more reliable and sustainable alternative for businesses engaged in cross-border trade.

BNSF press release announced the upcoming intermodal service was scheduled to begin on January 1, 2024. This service is projected to be one day faster compared to the current transportation service between Monterrey and Chicago. Katie Farmer, BNSF president and CEO states, “By utilizing the capacity and expertise of the largest intermodal railroad in the U.S., the largest railroad in Mexico, and the largest domestic intermodal carrier, this product will seamlessly connect the North American intermodal network.”

The increasing need for intermodal services is driven by their ability to offer efficient, reliable, and sustainable solutions that address the complexities and challenges of modern supply chain management. It would strengthen connectivity between Mexico and its main export market which is the United States.

The central hub for the operational activities of the service will be located in Eagle Pass, Texas,  where trains using BNSF will transfer to GMXT. GMXT will manage the train operations between the border crossing and various destinations, including Monterrey, Silao-Bajio, and Pantaco-Mexico City, operating six days a week. Additionally, an alternative route through the El Paso, Texas border gateway will also be available. 

This new intermodal service is designed to reduce customs clearance delays at the Mexican border. BNSF, GMXT, and J.B. Hunt has undertaken significant investments to ensure the benefit of all customers and secure the long-term capability to manage future growth.

The unveiling of the new intermodal service between Mexico and the United States marks a significant milestone in cross-border logistics. As nations strive for closer economic ties, improved connectivity, and sustainable trade practices, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the power of innovation and cooperation in shaping the future of international trade.

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