February 17, 2021
This week, the majority of the U.S. and Mexico has suffered a prolonged and extreme winter weather event including the southern U.S. and northern Mexico. With temperatures below freezing and snow unaccustomed to either condition, the weather has resulted in electric outages – both planned and unintended – across the KCS network.
Due to these events, we must cease all inbound intermodal shipments from Norfolk Southern. This includes freight destined to our intermodal terminals located in Wylie, TX, Laredo, TX, as well as our three terminals in Mexico - Salinas Victoria, NL, Interpuerto, SL and Puerta Mexico, EM.
NS will close ingates for Domestic 53’ traffic for these KCSR and KCSM destinations this afternoon. For International shipments destined to Wylie, TX, the ports will be instructed to hold Wylie, TX freight until further notice.
Our terminals remain operating and permitting ingates. Our first step to avoid congestion is to limit the inbound flow of trains. There are no plans to close gates at this time.
According to Accuweather the Dallas, TX area is still under a winter advisory until tomorrow morning, February 18, 2021. We will continue to monitor the weather closely and will notify NS and our customers once we can allow shipments to ingate at the NS terminals once again.
As always, the safety of our employees, partners, customers’ shipments and the communities we serve remains the priority especially in times of extreme weather.
Should you have any questions on this storm, your shipments please don’t hesitate to contact our KCS Customer Solutions in the U.S. or KCSM Customer Solutions team in Mexico who will gladly assist you.
Thank you for your understanding.