Update on protests - 10/6/2020

October 06, 2020

This week, the main line on the Caltzontzin District near Uruapan became blocked due to civil protests occurring on or near the Kansas City Southern de Mexico’s (KCSM) track, impeding our ability to continue without risk to the protestors. This mainline interruption impacted service to and from the Port of Lazaro Cardenas. News reports have indicated that educators have communicated plans to hold protests intending to block highways and railroads throughout Mexico. 

Although the protestors cleared for a time, they did return on Friday, October 2nd, and have remained.   

We have been in contact with government officials and are encouraged to hear that the Government of Michoacán and the Federal Government are collaborating for a prompt resolution.  

KCS remains committed to being an advocate on the part of our customers. Although the protests are unrelated to our company, we are committed to working relentlessly to ensure your shipments resume as quickly and safely as possible. Finding a fast yet sustainable solution to this interruption is our priority and you have our commitment we will explore all avenues on your behalf. You have our commitment to keep you posted as the status changes.  

We are poised and ready to inspect the tracks once cleared to resume traffic to/from the Lazaro Cardenas area.  As soon as we have the all clear to resume service, we will notify you. Until this time, please note that we are still in stand-by mode and have nothing new to report.    

We appreciate your patience and understanding on this service interruption and the resulting delays.  

The KCSM Customer Solutions team will keep you informed as our operations resume. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.