Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Schneider National, CN, KCS improve Mexico Direct

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Schneider National’s nonstop, borderless Mexico Direct intermodal service, launched in 2006, now offers a new steel-wheel interchange in Jackson, Miss., with CN and Kansas City Southern. It’s described as “a ffaster, more efficient option for shippers crossing the border.”

Mexico Direct loads now travel between Chicago and Jackson on the CN and between Jackson and Mexico on the KCS. “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.”

“Improved transit time is just one of many benefits Schneider Intermodal offers shippers doing business in Mexico,” said Filter. “Superior reliability, no border hand-offs, real-time monitoring, and proven security practices are all hallmarks of our company’s service. Schneider’s strong in-country presence and the long-standing relationships we haves created in Mexico are also critical assets in our cross-border service success. In addition to our Mexico City-based operations, Schneider operates at four ramps in Laredo, Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, and Toluca to service shippers’ freight needs.”

“Hands down, we are the largest cross-border transportation provider in the industry, moving 450 loads per day, and we deliver the best value in the market,” says Bernardo Rodarte, Schneider vice president of Mexico operations. “We’ve been around since 1935, so we know transportation. We know Mexico. And we know how to seamlessly move freight across the border.”

“One of the reasons we are excited to be a part of Schneider’s cross-border solution is its strength and reputation in Mexico,” said Gil Niesen, assistant vice president-Intermodal Sales and Marketing at KCS. “Together, we are bringing incredible value to our customers by leveraging their deep expertise.”

“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.

Filter added that Schneider is especially versed at simplifying International Commercial Terms (Incoterms), which often add complexity for cross-border shippers. “Through our history and in-country presence, we have developed an expertise in cross-border door-to-door shipments through both Mexico Direct and our truckload service, EZ-Border,” he said.