North American 3PL Pacer International is now using Ports America’s Puerta México Intermodal Facility in Toluca for automotive shipments.
The direct, non-stop service handles automotive and third party domestic traffic six days a week and parallels Pacer’s existing PacerMex ramp points throughout its US and Eastern Canada network. It will reduce shipment cycle time between Chicago and Puerta México by 12 hours versus terminals at Maclovio, Herrera or Toluca according to James Commiskey, Vice President, Business Development – Automotive at Pacer's Stacktrain unit.
Pacer is the largest single provider of intermodal container services between the US and Mexico.
The Puerta México terminal, which began operations last year, has an estimated capacity of 150,000 containers and 2 million tons of cargo per year, with warehouse storage or cross dock capacity of over 1,850m2. It also has a vehicle distribution centre that offers two rail tracks each 1,000m in length to improve loading and unloading, as well as a PDI and added value services including accessorisation and dewaxing. The 35 hectare site has 386 paved parking slots surrounded with a 10 foot high concrete wall and is adjacent to the Atlacomulco-Toluca highway.
Talking about the facility’s advantages, Stephen Edwards, Ports America President and CEO, said: "The Puerta Mexico terminal offers multi-modal terminal services and on-site customs and bonded warehousing facilities to ocean carriers, railroads, intermodal and other logistics service providers, with its on-dock direct access to rail line "N" of Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM)."
He continued: "Puerta México is quickly becoming the terminal of first choice for service to and from the central valley, the ports of Lázaro Cárdenas and Manzanillo, and Laredo at the US border. It is helping to lower logistics costs, thereby lowering prices and bringing greater choices to consumers."
Ports America is the largest terminal operator, stevedore and vehicle processor in the Americas, with operations in 50 ports and 97 terminals across the United States, Mexico and Chile.