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Kansas City Southern's U.S., Mexican roads test joint intermodal service


Last week, the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM) completed a double-stack container test run from the Port of Lazaro Cardenas to Laredo, Texas. Containing barbecue pits imported from China, the container represented the first international, in-bond, double-stack test move between KCSR and KCSM.

In Laredo, KCSR arranged for the freight to be trucked to San Antonio for the shipper, who’s considering the Lazaro Cardenas-to-Laredo route as an alternative. The container arrived two days faster compared with the shipper’s typical route through the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, KCSR officials said in a prepared statement, adding that a number of other shippers also are considering the route.

KCSR and KCSM also are trying to develop premium intermodal service featuring dedicated trains moving from the Port of Lazaro Cardenas to network-wide destinations. The railroads plan to upgrade the corridor to reduce transit times and increase service reliability.

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