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Kansas City Southern arm to move more vehicles from Mexican port

Another automotive manufacturer recently began importing finished vehicles through the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico, marking the start of a new series of vehicle shipments planned for 2013, Kansas City Southern officials said in an item posted on the "KCS News" web page.

Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V.
will move the vehicles from the port to one of its intermodal facilities in central Mexico and onto various distributors.

"With rail service to and from the port, [we're] helping shippers bypass more congested West Coast ports with a direct route to the population center of Mexico City and a shorter route to Houston," KCS officials said. "More and more shippers are attracted to Lázaro Cárdenas because of the state-of-the-art port facility, deep water, ability to handle the newest and largest generation of container vessels, and extensive acreage for expansion and development."

The port is the fastest-growing container port in Mexico and the United States, according to KCS. Automotive shipments and overall traffic growth at the port are among the Class I's fastest-growing business segments.

"[Our] long-term, sustainable growth outlook is very good, particularly once … four new auto plants being built in Mexico open in early 2014," KCS officials said.


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