CN Rail teaming up with two other railways to offer Canada-U.S.-Mexico intermodal service

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Three railways — CN Rail, Union Pacific Railroad and GMXT — are working collaboratively under what they’re calling Falcon Premium intermodal service, a Mexico-US-Canada service with rail connection in Chicago, Illinois.

Falcon Premium will directly connect all CN origin points within Canada and Detroit, Michigan, to GMXT terminals in Mexico, namely at Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and Silao, Guanajuato. The companies say this service will directly benefit intermodal customers shipping food, automotive parts, food, home appliances, and temperature-controlled products, to name a few.

The collaboration leverages strategic rail service lines of each partner, and the companies say the enhanced efficiency of the system will contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions through reduced rail miles and significant truck-to-rail conversion.

“Falcon Premium service is a game changer for intermodal customers. By leveraging each partner’s best services and routes, we are creating a transformational new product. Our commitment is to run this service with the utmost focus to maximize speed, reliability, and customer satisfaction. This service is an example of how collaboration and cooperation can improve supply chains for customers,” says Tracy Robinson, president and chief executive officer for CN.

The move comes just six-weeks after the merger of CP Rail and Kansas City Southern was approved by U.S. regulators. CN had also put in a bid to purchase Kansas City Southern in April 2021 but was unsuccessful.

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