The new Canadian National-Indiana Rail Road intermodal service to Indianapolis will offer export “matchback” opportunities for steamship lines and shippers when it launches on July 1.
The CN-INRD tri-weekly service will connect Canada’s west coast ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver to Indianapolis. INRD is building a more than $2 million intermodal ramp and container yard at its Senate Avenue Intermodal Terminal to complement the service.
The matchback process will include finding export loads to fill import containers that would otherwise go back to the port empty. Midwest Commodities, which specializes in loading containers with agricultural products; Arrow Reload Systems, which focuses on supply chain services in the lumber industry; and Merchandise Warehouse, a freezing and export logistics facility, will be on site at the Senate Avenue Intermodal Terminal to load the containers.
Upon startup, INRD and CN officials expect containerized goods to move from Asian ports, such as Shanghai and Qingdao, China, and Busan, South Korea, to Indianapolis in less than 24 days. However, as volumes increase, allowing for greater efficiencies, INRD and CN officials expect total transit time to be 18 to 20 days.