BNSF launches intermodal service between US and Mexico

Rail freight operators BNSF and Ferromex (FXE) have launched a new rail and road freight service between Chicago and Silao.

Trains will operate five days a week from the USA to the Guanajuato Inland Port in Silao from May 27, switching onto the FXE network in El Paso, Texas to cross the border.

Steve Bobb, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said: “Our partnership with Ferromex to launch this service from Chicago to Silao means that automakers and manufacturers in the US and Mexico will now have direct access to the advantages of intermodal rail in the Bajio region.

“This service offers Mexico’s fast growing manufacturing sector in the Bajio region a simple way to reduce trucking costs and delays.”

“Mexico is the United States’ third largest trading partner with a yearly trade of just over $500 billion. This translates into 14,000 trucks crossing between our borders on a daily basis,” said Fernando Lopez, FXE’s chief marketing officer.

“We created this intermodal train to serve such a market, delivering not only a consistent and reliable alternative, but a solid competitive advantage for North America as a region.”