Trucking company Schneider National has unveiled a new interchange offering for moving freight across the U.S.-Mexico border that it says is a faster, more efficient option for shippers.
Last month it began servicing Mexico cross-border intermodal loads through a steel-wheel interchange in Jackson, Miss. Schneider Intermodal’s Mexico Direct loads now travel between Chicago and Jackson on the Canadian National Railway and between Jackson and Mexico on the Kansas City Southern Railway.
“Until recently, a Mexico Direct shipment interchanged in Houston,” said Jim Filter, senior vice president, Intermodal Commercial Management, Schneider National. “There, it traveled 55 miles by truck, through a congested area, to get to the ramp that brought it to the next leg of the journey. The new interchange in Jackson eliminates all that. The load stays on the train and keeps moving, which saves customers at least one full day of transit time.”
Filter adds that Schneider is especially versed at simplifying International Commercial Terms (Incoterms), which often add complexity for cross-border shippers.
“CN believes its close collaboration with Schneider and KCS will make the complex border-crossing process a smooth and seamless one, improving supply chain efficiencies, lowering transit times and making our mutual customers more competitive in their markets,” said J. J. Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer.
In addition to its Mexico City–based operations, Schneider operates at four ramps in Laredo, Monterrey, San Luis Potosi and Toluca to service shippers’ freight needs.
Schneider has been operating its nonstop, borderless intermodal service since 2006,