The intermodal terminal in Silao is the second most important for Ferromex and Intermodal Mexico (IMEX,) due to its strategic location and the kind of traffics managed, announced Luis Hernandez Renteria, commercial deputy director Intermodal.

 

He mentioned that by the closure of November, the Silao terminal, located at Guanajuato Inland Port, did moved 36,500 containers of all traffics.

 

“The growth the terminal has had regarding 2016 is of 3 %, due to the reconfiguration of the maritime service which goes from Manzanillo to Silao, which is expected to be operating again in 2018,” he said.

 

This terminal markets in the United States are the cities of Los Angeles, Memphis and Chicago, this last one provides access to Canada through a connection.

 

Regarding the domestic corridor, by the closure of November, the Interpacific service moved 22,500 containers, from which 2,300 came from Silao.  This means 10.3 % of the total of the domestic corridor.

 

Among the markets served by this terminal highlight: Culiacan, Hermosillo, Mexicali and Tijuana.

 

According to the commercial deputy director Intermodal of Ferromex, for 2018 is anticipated a growth of 10 % for the cross border cargo, as well as 12 % for domestic cargo and the reactivation of the Maritime corridor.

 

In addition he revealed that the investment in the Ferromex and IMEX terminal in the last five years has been of 215 million pesos.

 

“Guanajuato is the most important cluster of the Mexican automotive industry, therefore having an intermodal terminal in Silao provides an important competitive advantage to Ferromex, not only of the trade of products linked with the automotive sector, but also of others such as consumption, perishables, industrials, among others,” he explained.

 

He added that the Silao terminal is a door to the United States market thanks to the Cross Border services made through the commercial association with Union Pacific and BNSF.

 

REFRIGERATED CARGO MOVEMENT

 

Herandez Renteria mentioned that the refrigerated cargo movement is a new market for the intermodal service, what provides the opportunity to change the logistics of this kind of traffics from auto transportation to railroad.

 

The number of this kind of containers that have been moved in the Silao terminal rises to 2,400 according with data to November 2017.

 

The main products that are moved in these containers are spinach, carrots, lettuce and French fries.

 

The origin of these containers is mainly Guanajuato having as primary destination the refrigerated warehouses in Chicago for its distribution in the United States.

 

LOGISTICS INNOVATION

 

The commercial deputy director intermodal considered that logistics innovation is important for service providers as well as for those using it, due to it being a powerful tool that allows generating competitive advantages in increasingly competitive markets.

 

“Logistics innovation allows customers having better traceability of their cargo, better management of inventories in transit, generation of efficient supply chains and costs savings.”

 

Added that those suppliers that invest in logistics innovation have as result, better services to their customers, more demand, adapting capacity to their customers’ needs and more participation in the market.  Finally, he highlighted that by the end of November, Ferromex moved 381,000 containers on its entire network.