BNSF, GMXT, J.B. Hunt launching intermodal service to and from MexicoBNSF, GMXT, J.B. Hunt launching intermodal service to and from Mexico
New service will be one day faster than existing service from Monterrey to Chicago.
November 15, 2023
BNSF Railway (BNSF), North America’s largest intermodal rail, GMXT, the largest rail provider in Mexico, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, announced a new intermodal service between Monterrey, Silao-Bajio and Pantaco-Mexico City regions, key markets in Northern and Central Mexico, through the Eagle Pass, Texas border gateway.
This new intermodal service, scheduled to begin January 1, 2024, will be one day faster than the existing service from Monterrey to Chicago. It offers customers a reliable and more sustainable transportation option to move goods seamlessly across the border to and from Mexico with coast-to-coast access in the U.S.
“Our organizations are committed to growth in Mexico and this joint service offering is a direct reflection of that commitment,” said Katie Farmer, BNSF president and CEO. “By utilizing the capacity and expertise of the largest intermodal railroad in the U.S., the largest railroad in Mexico, and the largest domestic intermodal carrier, this product will seamlessly connect the North American intermodal network.”
Trains carrying intermodal containers will interchange at Eagle Pass, Texas, to and from GMXT, which will operate the trains between the border crossing and Monterrey, Silao-Bajio and Pantaco-Mexico City six days a week. There will also be an alternative option over the El Paso, Texas border gateway. This new intermodal service offers new opportunities for customers to grow in the expanding Mexico markets.
“This new service offering will provide resilient, cross-border solutions that give our customers optionality to support their growing supply chain needs in Mexico," said John Roberts, CEO of J.B. Hunt. "The cost savings and sustainability benefits of intermodal service are proven, and we're proud to collaborate with our rail providers BNSF and GMXT to bring this robust service offering to reality."
J.B. Hunt owns and operates the largest intermodal fleet in North America, with more than 117,000 containers and nearly 7,000 trucks.
“GMXT is ready to support the freight demand growth that nearshoring presents with North America by providing flexible and top-notch rail services to our customers,” said Fernando López, GMXT CEO. “Eagle Pass is a strategic gateway, and we are committed to connecting México and the U.S. through smart and secure borders while helping our countries facilitate the trade.”
Service advantages include:
Market reach: Unparalleled coast-to-coast market access through J.B. Hunt’s North American reach
Dedicated support: Dedicated BNSF customer support team to track shipments from in-gate to out-gate to and from Mexico and the U.S. 24/7
Ease: Southbound shipments are moved in-bond (which means shipment documentation is handled at the final destination) to minimize Mexico Customs clearance delays. Once the shipments arrive at the destination ramp, customers can clear their cargo with the customs broker of their choice through Mexico Customs. Northbound shipments are pre-cleared with U.S. Customs by a customs broker of the customer’s choice.
BNSF, GMXT, and J.B. Hunt have made significant investments to ensure the competitiveness, reliability and operating success of their intermodal networks. These investments will benefit all customers and ensure long-term ability to handle future growth including through this new service offering.
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