BNSF launches Mexican intermodal service

June 29, 2001
The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) has launched Mexi-Modal, an intermodal service that connects major markets in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. With Mexi-Modal, BNSF said it can coordinate the entire transborder shipping process, door-to-door, through cooperation with Canadian National Railway Company (CN), Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM) and several Mexican trucking
The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) has launched Mexi-Modal, an intermodal service that connects major markets in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.

With Mexi-Modal, BNSF said it can coordinate the entire transborder shipping process, door-to-door, through cooperation with Canadian National Railway Company (CN), Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM) and several Mexican trucking companies. It is also designed to compete directly with pure trucking transborder services, said Richard Miller, assistant vp-BNSF Mexico Business.

“Mexi-Modal is the solution to decades of difficulties for companies that have used over-the-road carriers to transport goods to or from Mexico, as well as those that have avoided transborder commerce entirely because of the cumbersome process,” he said. “We now provide seamless service into and out of Mexico, and handle all the procedures and hassles most shippers don't want to deal with.”

BNSF’s Mexi-Modal service consists of three distinct products. MidBridge mirrors how most transborder truck transportation into and out of Mexico is conducted today, by allowing the purchase of products to occur at the “middle of the bridge” between Laredo, TX and Mexico. It allows freight to be moved by rail in the U.S. and Canada and by truck in Mexico.

BNSF’s Laredo service allows a customer to move full truckload freight from the U.S. or Canada by rail either to or from a designated warehouse in Laredo enabling customers to store freight in Laredo for warehousing.

MexiStack, an all-rail service allows the purchase of goods to occur at the U.S., Canadian or Mexican origin or destination. North of the border the customer’s freight is moved by BNSF or CN, and by TFM in Mexico.

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