November 13, 2015
This week in Toluca, Mexico, a seemingly ordinary shipment of pet food marked a major milestone for KCSM’s Puerta Mexico intermodal facility. Pet food was in the first container shipped to the new SENASICA inspection facility.
Puerta Mexico is one of four locations in Mexico participating in a pilot program with the Mexican government to create an easier way to move regulated commodities into Mexico. KCSM was pleased to partner with Schneider for this inaugural shipment.
Pet food, artificial creamer, peat moss and soybean flour were the four products chosen to be part of the pilot program. Previously, the Mexican government required inspection of these products before entering Mexico, hampering a fluid border crossing from the U.S. into Mexico and the option of moving these products via intermodal. Thanks to the innovative SENASICA program, the pet food crossed the border seamlessly and was successfully inspected upon arrival at Puerta Mexico, greatly decreasing the total transit time.
Although this is only one shipment, it is significant in that it opens the door to a tremendous growth opportunity for intermodal and carload freight, as authorities gain trust in the new inspection method. The KCSM Intermodal team greatly appreciates all of the attention from the Transportation, Customer Solutions and Business Development teams to achieve success with this shipment.