Leading cross-border provider moves goods faster, more efficiently between U.S. and Mexico
GREEN BAY, Wis. – (Nov. 18, 2013) – Companies moving freight across the United States–Mexico border have realized dramatic improvements in security, paperwork processing, transit time and service in recent years because of Schneider National’s Mexico Direct service, a nonstop, borderless intermodal service. Although Schneider has been operating its nonstop, borderless intermodal service since 2006, a new interchange has made the offering a faster, more efficient option for shippers crossing the border.
Last month, the truckload, intermodal and logistics leader began servicing Mexico cross-border intermodal loads through a steel-wheel interchange in Jackson, Miss. Schneider Intermodal’s Mexico Direct loads now travel between Chicago and Jackson on the Canadian National Railway (CN) and between Jackson and Mexico on the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS).
“Until recently, a Mexico Direct shipment interchanged in Houston,” explains Jim Filter, senior vice president, Intermodal Commercial Management, Schneider National. “There, it traveled 55 miles by truck, through a congested area, to get to the ramp that brought it to the next leg of the journey. The new interchange in Jackson eliminates all that. The load stays on the train and keeps moving, which saves customers at least one full day of transit time.”
Improved transit time is just one of many benefits Schneider Intermodal offers shippers doing business in Mexico. Superior reliability, no border hand-offs, real-time monitoring and proven security practices are all hallmarks of the company’s service. Schneider’s strong in-country presence and the long-standing relationships the company has created in Mexico are also critical assets in its cross-border service success. In addition to its Mexico City–based operations, Schneider operates at four ramps in Laredo, Monterrey, San Luis Potosi and Toluca to service shippers’ freight needs.
“Hands down, we are the largest cross-border transportation provider in the industry, moving 450 loads per day, and we deliver the best value in the market,” says Bernardo Rodarte, vice president of Mexico operations. “We’ve been around since 1935, so we know transportation. We know Mexico. And we know how to seamlessly move freight across the border.”
Filter adds that Schneider is especially versed at simplifying International Commercial Terms (Incoterms), which often add complexity for cross-border shippers. “Through our history and in-country presence, we have developed an expertise in cross-border door-to-door shipments through both Mexico Direct and our truckload service, EZ-Border.
Gil Niesen, assistant vice president – Intermodal Sales and Marketing at the KCS, echoes the importance of Schneider’s extensive knowledge of Mexico. “One of the reasons we are excited to be a part of Schneider’s cross-border solution is their strength and reputation in Mexico,” he says. “Together, we are bringing incredible value to our customers by leveraging their deep expertise.”
“CN believes its close collaboration with Schneider and KCS will make the complex border-crossing process a smooth and seamless one, improving supply chain efficiencies, lowering transit times and making our mutual customers more competitive in their markets,” said J. J. Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Offering the broadest portfolio of services in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Van Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Supply Chain Management, Integrated Delivery and Port Logistics. A $3.5 billion company, Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for over 77 years. For more information about Schneider National, visit www.schneider.com or follow us on Twitter: @SchneiderNTL.