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Pacer adds northeastern stops to Midwest-to-Mexico intermodal service

On Sept. 3, Pacer Stacktrain announced it expanded "PacerMex NonStop" intermodal service from Mexico to the Northeast.

Introduced in March, the service — which initially targeted general merchandise moving between the Midwest and Mexico — now includes origin and destination points in Kearny, N.J. (serving the New York City area); Baltimore; and Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa. Mexican service points include Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro and Mexico City.

The service is designed to move double-stack 48- and 53-foot containers in-bond, eliminating border customs-clearance stops and associated delays. Pacer processes in-bond permits in Laredo, Texas.

"PacerMex NonStop is designed to make trans-border trade faster, more secure and more efficient for customers," said Pacer President Tom Shurstad in a prepared statement. "Instead of inspection at the border, customs clearance takes place at final destination."

Pacer plans to use CSX Transportation for moves to the Northeast; TFM S.A. de C.V. moves freight in Mexico.

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