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More Transportation Options for Global Supply Chain Managers

Today’s supply chain and transportation leaders are increasingly managing operations on a global scale, navigating the complexities of material sourcing, transportation procurement, manufacturing and the distribution of finished goods across borders.

Incorporating multimodal transportation into freight planning through the use of two or more modes of transportation is one way transportation leaders can deliver cost savings to their organizations. When goods are transported through a mix of truck, rail and/or container ships, shippers are able to leverage the strength of each mode in order to improve efficiencies and mitigate risk.

The Growth Opportunity and Transportation’s Role in an Expanding Business Footprint

The U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner, with over $600 billion in goods and services transacted between the two countries each year. This healthy trade relationship presents a growth opportunity for manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers looking to tap into consumption markets across the border. As companies pursue growth in these markets, supply chain leaders with oversight on transportation moves between the two countries should evaluate freight shipping plans for optimal costs and performance.

Options to Move Full-Truckload Freight between Montreal and the U.S.

CSXT provides the only steel-wheel connection between Montreal and the U.S., which means that intermodal freight moves seamlessly across the border on the train, avoiding potential delays that can occur when trucking containers one-by-one across the border. Increased customs efficiencies are one of the many benefits of incorporating cross-border intermodal rail into a transportation portfolio.

Canadian Intermodal Service Provides Montreal Shippers an
Alternative to Truck

Canadian shippers who historically use over-the-road trucking to move freight out of Montreal are now looking to diversify their transportation portfolios through highway-to-intermodal rail conversion. From the CSXT-served terminal, located just outside of Montreal, shippers can reach over 20 markets in the U.S., while benefiting from the cost-savings and efficiencies of cross-border intermodal rail.

>> View Southbound service schedules (PDF)

Moving Freight from the U.S. to Canada by Truck and
Intermodal Rail

Intermodal rail provides U.S.-based companies shipping full-truckload freight into Montreal from the U.S. an alternative to truck-only shipments. CSXT Intermodal delivers an expansive market reach, providing shippers access to Montreal from over 20 markets across the U.S. while benefiting from the cost-savings and efficiencies of cross-border intermodal rail.

>> View Northbound service schedules (PDF)

Ways to Ship

Our team, along with our channel partners that include trucking companies, intermodal marketing companies (IMCs), third-party logistics companies (3PLs) and steamship lines, are here to help you take advantage of cross-border intermodal rail shipping. From customs training to comprehensive onboarding, our team will ensure your transition from the highway to rail is an easy, seamless process. 

Intermodal shipping options to/from Montreal, include:
1. Ship with a CSX Transportation channel partner
2. Ship directly with CSX Transportation

If your company is shipping cross-border, now is the time to ensure those freight shipments are moving in the most cost-effective and efficient transportation mode possible.

>> Analyze your freight today. Realize cost-savings tomorrow. Build an efficient and reliable transportation network for the future.

The Channel Partner Resource Hub is a central location for channel partners to access information on how to plan, ship, trace and pay for intermodal rail shipments. 
For freight brokers, drayage carriers and independent contractors: RailPlus is CSX Transportation’s complete door-to-door intermodal service product. Visit ShipRailPlus.com to learn more.