As it prepares to acquire Kansas City Southern Railway in what would be the first Class I railroad merger of this century, Canadian Pacific Railway under Keith Creel’s leadership is dramatically expanding the carriers’ network. The merging of the railroads would open up new port routing options for US and Canadian importers and exporters. But even before the tie-up, CP has been carving out space in new gateways for its customers, whether it be serving Hapag-Lloyd at the Port Saint John on the Atlantic coast, or collaborating with Maersk to funnel transloaded cargo quickly through Vancouver out west. Now, Creel is looking farther south — to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, which has long been eyed as a gateway for US goods but has failed to scale up. In a one-on-one discussion with JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi, Creel will explain why operating a single North American line can open up Lazaro Cardenas to northern markets and how CP will inject new routing competition into the broader continent.