Tuesday, April 28, 2009

KCSM now serves Toluca

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Kansas City Southern is adding intermodal rail service to Puerta México, a new multi-modal facility in Toluca, México.

kcsm-map.jpgOperated by Ports America, Puerta México is located on KCS’ International Intermodal Corridor and "offers shippers a convenient alternative to and from the busy México City market," according to KCS. "In addition to rail service, Puerta México offers multi-modal terminal services and on-site customs and bonded warehousing facilities to ocean carriers, intermodal, and other logistics service providers. With its direct access to Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.’s (KCSM) “N” line, Puerta México will become the terminal of choice for service to and from the central valley, the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, and the border crossing at Nuevo Laredo/Laredo."

With an estimated capacity exceeding 150,000 containers and two million plus tons of cargo per year on more than 130 developed acres, Puerta México essentially doubles the intermodal capacity available to the greater Mexican central valley region and alleviates congestion in the central valley supply chain. In addition to storage, cross-dock, and transloading, the terminal will be a vehicle distribution center.

“KCS is pleased to partner with Ports America to provide rail service to the Toluca facility,” said KCS President and Chief Operating Officer David L. Starling. “This modern and efficient facility offers an attractive option for the multi-modal shipper with access to the industrial heartlands of the U.S. and México via KCS’ International Intermodal Corridor.” Added Ports America Chief Operating Officer Wim Lagaay, "The intermodal and related supply chain services that have been made possible by this partnership will bring to the Central Mexican Valley Region world class levels of multi-modal service and efficiency. The significant investment in this modern facility introduces much needed high-quality capacity to serve this fast-growing and increasingly sophisticated market.”