North American Union (NAU II) Is Back Again

North American Union (NAU II) Is Back Again

Canadian National, Union Pacific, and Grupo México have created a new direct intermodal service between points in Mexico and Canada through Eagle Pass and Chicago. This service will provide the fastest and most direct routing entirely by rail.

What are the advantages of the new direct interline service?
This new product provides a seamless connection between the three railroads along with the most diverse access to Mexico and Canadian origins and destinations. The direct interchange offers shippers the opportunity to maximize lading weights in Canada and Mexico, faster transit times, and reduction of carbon emissions by limiting trucks in an all-rail service.

Where will the connection take place in Chicago?
The connection to and from Union Pacific will take place at Union Pacific’s Yard Center Intermodal Terminal, in Dolton, Illinois, and at Canadian National’s Chicago Intermodal Terminal in Harvey, Illinois.

What terminals/ramps are included for Grupo México?
Monterrey, Nuevo León, and Silao, Guanajuato, are the two Grupo México terminals currently included in this service.

What terminals/ramps are included for Canadian National
Detroit, MI; Brampton, ON; Montreal, PQ; Moncton, NB; Halifax, NS; Winnipeg, MB; Saskatoon, SK; Regina, SK; Edmonton, AB; Calgary, AB; Prince George, BC; Vancouver, BC

Will this impact interline service for lanes not listed?
No, KCSM served locations in Mexico (Monterrey, Interpuerto and Mexico City) will all continue to be served and trucked in Chicago to/from Canadian National and Union Pacific. All other Mexico, Canada and U.S. locations and service will not be impacted.

Do you expect to add locations in the future?
We are always working with customers to develop new solutions to support their supply chains. The new service will start with Monterrey and Silao but we will evaluate other locations both in Mexico and the U.S.

What other U.S. locations are included? 
Detroit, a popular origin/destination for automotive shipments, is included.

Are there any customs implications with the direct interchange versus previous rubber tire connection?
No. It is the same process for customs as used with the truck transfer in Chicago.

What equipment types are eligible for this service?

  • Private-owned 53’ dry containers
  • Canadian National owned 53’ dry and reefer containers
  • EMHU (EMP program) 

Will my shipping rates change?
All rates contained in confidential transportation contracts remain without any changes.

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