• Inland Distribution
  • September 25- 27, 2023 | The Westin Chicago River North

Karen Duff

International Express Trucking

Founder, President and CEO

Karen is the Founder, President and CEO of International Express Trucking, Inc. (IXT). Her business career began with Nelson-Weather-Rite (N-W-R), a fortune 500 firm, initially working as a purchasing administrative assistant, handling international shipping imports. From there she continued to expand her knowledge and expertise, moving into roles with increasing responsibility as Import Manager, Lead Buyer and as an International Logistics Consultant.

In 1993, Karen established International Express Trucking, Inc., becoming the only US Customs Courier service in the KC area. In 2001, Karen expanded the business to include international drayage. Today, IXT is the largest woman-owned intermodal drayage business within the six-state Midwest region and has since continued to grow even more. In 2013, IXT, LLC (brokerage) was formed and in 2015 IXT Leasing, LLC. In 2020, IXT acquired the intermodal division of local drayage provider, Double VV, expanding their footprint in KC and now operating a container depot. Karen is always looking for ways to provide opportunity to the team she has built, and hopefully soon, will expand to other markets.

Sessions With Karen Duff

Wednesday, 27 September

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm (CST) / 27/sep/2023 04:30 pm - 27/sep/2023 05:00 pm

    Inland Think Tank: Kansas City

    Inland Think Tanks provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in an informal, roundtable-like setting to discuss international intermodal, also known as IPI. It’s also an opportunity for shippers, truckers, railroads, and chassis lessors to meet in a single space to discuss hyperlocal issues — in this case, Kansas City — and build new relationships. While our 30-minute think tanks have moderators, attendees should come prepared to share their experiences on IPI. The think tanks will focus on preparing now for the next rebound in ocean container volume. What lessons can be learned from the last two years that can be applied to the future? How can all stakeholders accept their role in supply chain congestion 2021 and 2022, learn from it, and adjust? And what are the realistic and unrealistic expectations for fluidity in the supply chain when volumes rebound? These think tanks will explore these questions with the participation and interaction of conference attendees.