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BNSF and Ferromex announce new intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico

FORT WORTH, Tex.–BNSF Railway and Ferromex announced a new intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. BNSF and FXE hosted customers, Intermodal carriers and elected officials during an opening event to showcase the new service at the expanded FXE Silao Intermodal Facility inside the Inland Port of Guanajuato in Silao, Guanajuato. This new intermodal service scheduled to start May 27 provides customers with a reliable and a fast transportation option to move goods across the border, the companies said.

“Our partnership with Ferromex to launch this service from Chicago to Silao means that automakers and manufacturers in the U.S. and Mexico will now have direct access to the advantages of intermodal rail in the Bajio region,” said Steve Bobb, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “This service offers Mexico’s fast growing manufacturing sector in the Bajio region a simple way to reduce trucking costs and delays.”

Trains carrying intermodal containers will interchange at El Paso, Texas to and from FXE, Mexico’s largest railroad, which will operate the trains between the border crossing and Silao five days a week. Intermodal shipping is the transport of shipping containers using multiple modes of transportation – in this case, truck and rail. This new intermodal service will provide customers with opportunities for growth in the expanding Mexico market.

“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.