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4/29/2009


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KCS launches service to Mexican multi-modal facility; BNSF Logistics wins Wal-Mart's carrier award



Yesterday, Kansas City Southern announced it has added an intermodal train service to Puerta México, a new multi-modal facility in Toluca, Mexico.

Operated by Ports America, Puerta México is located on KCS’ International Intermodal Corridor and offers multi-modal, on-site customs and bonded warehousing services to ocean carriers, and intermodal and other logistics service providers. The facility — which will provide storage, cross-dock and transloading services, as well as serve as a vehicle distribution center — is adjacent to Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V.’s “N” line.

Puerta México will become the “terminal of choice” for freight moving to and from the central valley, Port of Lázaro Cárdenas and a border crossing at Nuevo Laredo/Laredo, providing multi-modal shippers access to the industrial heartlands of Mexico and the United States, KCS officials said in a prepared statement.

The 130-acre facility can handle more than 150,000 containers and 2 million-plus tons of cargo annually, essentially doubling the intermodal capacity available to the greater Mexican central valley region and alleviating congestion in the region’s supply chain, they said.

Meanwhile, BNSF Logistics L.L.C. recently was named the 2008 Fixture/Construction Carrier of the Year by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. BNSF Logistics provides truckload and transportation management services to support Wal-Mart's store construction and remodeling programs.

The award recognizes a logistics provider’s overall dedication to customer service, operational excellence and creative supply-chain solutions.

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