There are two new ways to get food products to Mexico using intermodal. Both require truck-based access to US intermodal hubs using multimodal carriers operating in Ontario.
- Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKS) Canadian Pacific Kansas City expands Mexico intermodal reefer rail service – FreightWaves CPKS has announced the Mexico Midwest Express (MMX), a service with 1000 refer cars for fresh and frozen meat, fruit and vegetables, candy and baked goods
MMX debuted May 11, with trains linking key logistics markets in Chicago, Kansas City, Missouri, and Laredo, Texas, along with the Mexican cities of Monterrey and San Luis Potosi. CPKS has added 1000 refrigerated containers to service this route.
- The service is connected with multimodal carriers Schneider and Knight-Swift Transportation, both of which operate in Ontario
- The logical connection would be Ontario to Chicago MMX link
2. Canadian National (CN) CN vies for transcontinental business with intermodal service with UP, Ferromex – FreightWaves
CN announced a new intermodal service, named Falcon Premium, will connect all CN origin points within Canada and Detroit to GMXT’s terminals in Mexico, including Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and Silao, Guanajuato, and it will utilize UP’s route from Texas to Chic
In addition to these new intermodal services another option for export to Mexico to consider is Charger Logistics. They have regular routes to Laredo from the GTA and Romulus, Michigan to Laredo. Charger Logistics owns a distribution centre in Woodstock. They carry food products and have a warehouse with cold storage in Laredo and offer label and customs paperwork service.
Author – Phil Dick, Economic and Business Advisor, OMAFRA