CN, Union Pacific Railroad, and GMXT have announced the launch of the Falcon Premium intermodal service connecting Mexico, the US, and Canada.
Falcon Premium will directly connect all CN origin points within Canada and Detroit, Michigan, to GMXT terminals in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and Silao, Guanajuato.
The service is set to benefit intermodal customers shipping a wide range of goods, including automotive parts, food, FAK, home appliances, and temperature-controlled products.
According to partners involved, Falcon Premium will be the fastest and most reliable intermodal rail service between Canada and Mexico.
The service will leverage GMXT’s best transit times between Silao, Guanajuato, and Eagle Pass, Texas, Union Pacific’s superior route from Texas to Chicago, and CN’s best-in-class service connecting Chicago to all points in Canada through the unique EJ&E Chicago bypass.
The three companies said this new and innovative service will maximise the lading weights between Mexico and Canada for greater efficiency for customers.
It will also contribute to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through reduced rail miles and significant truck-to-rail conversion.
Lance Fritz, Chairman, President, and CEO of Union Pacific, said: “This bold, creative venture harnesses the strengths of three companies to provide best-in-class service to our customers in three countries, while supporting our climate goals.
“We are excited to be a part of this new intermodal service connection, which leverages our unmatched route into and out of Mexico and strengthens our intermodal service portfolio.”
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“This service is an example of how collaboration and cooperation can improve supply chains for customers,” added Tracy Robinson, President and CEO of CN.
“Falcon Premium service is a game changer for intermodal customers. Our commitment is to run this service with the utmost focus to maximise speed, reliability, and customer satisfaction.”
Just last week, Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) combined to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), the first and only single-line railway network connecting Canada, the US, and Mexico.