CN and CSX launch joint intermodal services

by Canadian Shipper

Canadian National and CSX Intermodal are working together to connect major Canadian and United States markets with a range of new intermodal services.

The CN-CSXI marketing agreement offers shippers five-day service for coast-to-coast intermodal traffic moving between Vancouver, B.C., and New York. Other key lanes include Toronto-Florida (four days) and Toronto-New York (two days).

“This marketing agreement allows CN and CSXI to expand their market reach significantly. For the first time, shippers using CN in Canada now have effective intermodal connections to major centers in the U.S. Northeast, namely New York, Boston and Philadelphia. These shippers will also benefit from efficient intermodal links to other eastern and southern U.S. markets. All of these services should be attractive to shippers of high-value consumer goods in Canada and the U.S., as well as international shippers moving products into and out of North America via the ports of Vancouver and Halifax,” said James M. Foote, CN’s executive vice-president, sales and marketing.

Under the marketing agreement CN and CSXI can “through” price originating traffic destined to points on either network, which should result in improved pricing response time. Shippers will also enjoy efficient “steel-wheel” interchange of intermodal traffic at the Chicago and Buffalo gateways.

The new CN-CSXI intermodal products are available between: Western Canada and the U.S. Northeast via the Buffalo gateway; Western Canada and the U.S. Southeast, Florida and Mid-South via the Chicago gateway, and Eastern Canada and markets in the I-95 corridor along the Eastern Seaboard via the Buffalo gateway.

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