August 25, 2017
As we communicated yesterday, Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall tonight on the Texas coast. According to the National Hurricane Center, Harvey is expected to linger over Texas for several days resulting in heavy rainfall and flood warnings.
Service between Kendleton, TX (Houston) and Laredo, TX, was suspended last night, Thursday, August 24th at midnight. As a result of this and other lane closures, KCS (KCSR and KCSM) is enacting Force Majeure and KCSR has placed an embargo effective immediately for all northbound and southbound KCSR cross-border traffic via Laredo and for KCSM connections through Brownsville/Matamoros.
KCSR has registered an embargo from the following connecting carriers to specific service areas on the KCSR and KCSM networks:
KCSR Embargo details:
Origin Carriers: NS, CN, CSX, CPRS, UP, BNSF, and associated shortlines
KCSR/KCSM Destinations: Houston, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Rosenberg, Laredo and Laredo as a junction into Mexico. (Note, depending on the severity of the impact at Beaumont, Port Arthur, Port Neches, Lake Charles and Leesville, an embargo may be placed for these destinations, as well.)
Intermodal: Kendleton, TX and Laredo, TX; all KCSM served intermodal locations
Carload: Houston and all KCSR destinations south of Houston; all KCSM served locations. KCSM can continue to receive auto equipment at Laredo via connections originating in the west.
We appreciate your patience and understanding on the service interruptions and the resultant Force Majeure caused by Hurricane Harvey. We will continue to update you as the status changes.
Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our KCSR or KCSM Customer Solutions teams who will gladly assist you.
* List is not all-inclusive. Please contact your CSC representative for any additional clarifications