US freight transportation company BNSF Railway has partnered with Mexico-based cargo carrier Ferromex (FXE) to launch a new intermodal service from Chicago to Silao, Mexico.
The new service was showcased at the expanded FXE Silao Intermodal Facility in the Inland Port of Guanajuato.
Scheduled to enter into operational service on 27 May, the new intermodal service aims to provide a reliable and fast transportation option for customers to move goods across the border.
As part of the partnership, FXE will operate the trains carrying intermodal containers between the border crossing and Silao.
BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer Steve Bobb said: "Our partnership with Ferromex to launch this service from Chicago to Silao means that car manufacturers within the US and Mexico will now have direct access to the advantages of intermodal rail in the Bajio region.
"This service offers a simple solution to reduce trucking costs and delays to Mexico’s fast growing manufacturing sector."
FXE chief marketing officer Fernando Lopez added: "Mexico is the United States’ third largest trading partner with a yearly trade of just over $500 billion. This translates into 14,000 trucks crossing between our borders on a daily basis."
Besides decreasing highway congestion in the US and Mexico, the new service offers its customers with benefits, such as faster transit times and reduced costs.
Image: BNSF and FXE have made significant investments and improvements to ensure the reliability and operating success of their rail networks. Photo: courtesy of BNSF Railway.