The New Landscape for Cross-Border Intermodal
In April, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern officially combined to form CPKC. The newly merged railroad wasted no time in providing new intermodal options to shippers: launching a daily train from central Mexico to Chicago in partnership with Schneider National and Swift Intermodal. In response, Canadian National, Ferromex, and Union Pacific announced a joint service called Falcon Premium connecting Mexico with Detroit and Canada, interchanging in Eagle Pass, Texas, and Chicago. The BNSF-J.B. Hunt option also remains firmly in the mix given that J.B. Hunt owns more containers than any other domestic intermodal provider. This session will explore the options available to shippers who might be considering near-shoring to Mexico, and what investments are being made to provide a reliable and cost-competitive alternative to trucking on cross-border freight.