Pacer Expansion

Pacer Expansion

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

Pacer Stacktrain, the intermodal rail division of Pacer International Inc., recently expanded into the Northeast with its nonstop intermodal freight service into Mexico.

"PacerMex Nonstop," introduced in March to provide long-haul intermodal service for general merchandise moving between the Midwestern United States and points in Mexico, will now include Kearny, N.J., (serving the New York area), Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, Pa. Service points in Mexico include Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro and Mexico City.

The service allows double-stack containerized freight to travel in-bond, eliminating potential delays and congestion problems caused by customs clearance requirements at the border.

"PacerMex NonStop is designed to make trans-border trade faster, more secure and more efficient for customers - and more friendly to the environment," said Pacer Stacktrain President Tom Shurstad.

Pacer noted that double-stack technology that locks the lower-level container against the walls of the railcar provides "excellent cargo security, eliminating the need for long-haul security escorts that have become increasingly common with highway transport." The service also operates more cleanly than trucks and provides faster transits and a smoother ride, which decreases the potential for damage, according Pacer''s statement.

PacerMex NonStop will allow intermodal marketing companies to offer truck-rail-truck, door-to-door delivery of general merchandise freight to Mexico. Freight shipped ramp-to-ramp from the New York area to Mexico City is available on the ninth day from rail departure, Pacer said.