CPKC, Knight-Swift Team on Truckload Intermodal Service

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
(Photograph Courtesy of CPKC, via Twitter)

(Photograph Courtesy of CPKC, via Twitter)

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) on April 25 reported a new multi-year agreement with Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. to provide truckload intermodal transportation service on the Class I’s new single-line north-south corridor connecting Mexico, the United States and Canada.

The move follows CPKC’s recently announced agreement with Schneider National Inc. to provide service on the corridor linking the U.S. and Mexico.

According to CPKC, Knight-Swift’s established Mexico customer base will be able to leverage the railroad’s “network of rail lines, terminals, and cross-border efficiency and expertise to improve service reliability and competitiveness.”

As the truckload and transportation service provider begins to transition its Mexico-U.S. traffic to the railroad in mid-May, “we will focus on growth between Chicago, Texas and Mexico markets,” CPKC Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer John Brooks said.

Knight-Swift Transportation CFO and Swift President Adam Miller noted: “The Knight-Swift team is looking forward to engaging with the CPKC railroad on service offerings, customer solution design and demand planning to help facilitate growth. …” He added that the company’s “Transmex team and growing LTL offering will also benefit from the newly created railroad and will allow us to continue supporting our customers in new and different ways by providing thoughtful solutions with a solid underlying service product.”

CPKC reported that its International Railroad Bridge over the Rio Grande River at the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo, Texas, “offers a reliable alternative to congested highway ports of entry.” Construction on a second span to expand the bridge’s capacity began in 2022 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. 

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