KC Southern Railway establishes new joint processing center on Mexican border

August 21, 2017 – Last week Kansas City Southern (KCS), in conjunction with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexican Customs (SAT), dedicated a new joint Unified Cargo Processing facility at the Laredo, Texas, border crossing.

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According to a KCS spokesperson, “The objective of this new facility is to share Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) security scanning images; conduct Mexico export processing at the US railhead; streamline the documentation review of northbound trains; and conduct joint inspections when needed on inbound shipments.”

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. and Mexican customs officials dedicated this new facility to improve the fluidity and security of this vital, cross-border rail corridor.

“As our governments begin the important work of updating the North American Free Trade Agreement this week, we must all remember the importance of the NAFTA trade relationship to both countries and both economies,” said KCS President and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “This project, and others to follow, are essential to facilitate the goal of expanding trade and particularly increasing exports of goods such as refined petroleum products and petro-chemicals from the US to Mexico.”

The Laredo/Nuevo Laredo rail crossing is the busiest on the US – Mexico border, processing on average 23 trains in both directions per 24-hour period, and carrying a wide variety of products such automobiles and parts, steel, grain and petroleum products. It is vital to the economic security of both countries.

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