Service Options In & Out of Mexico

Whether you're shipping raw materials or grains by the carload or finished products or vehicles by the container- or truckload, BNSF Mexico has a shipping solution for you. BNSF Mexico offers our customers a spectrum of carload, agricultural, intermodal and automotive rail shipping solutions to move freight into and out of Mexico. And even if your facility is not rail-served, you'll still be well served by BNSF Mexico, through our effective transload solutions.

BNSF/KCS Intermodal Solutions

BNSF and Kansas City Southern (KCS) offer joint intermodal service connecting Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth with some of the fastest growing consumer and industrial markets in Mexico. The five-day-a-week, cross-border service provides joint northbound and southbound Intermodal service to/from either Monterrey, San Luis Potosí or Toluca, Mexico to/from Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago, with additional southbound service to Laredo, Texas.

Customers can also connect to other regions along our 32,500-mile network including service to/from the West Coast and to/from the Pacific Northwest.

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BNSF/FXE Intermodal Solutions 

BNSF, in joint service with Ferromex (FXE), also offers the region a simple way to reduce trucking costs and delays, with an intermodal service between Chicago and Silao.

Advantages En Route

  • Lower cost than over-the-road trucking. 6th morning availability meets single driver transit times
  • Centrally located Silao hub requires fewer dray miles in Mexico to and from key markets
  • Avoids highway congestion in the U.S. and Mexico
  • Dedicated 24-7 customer support team to track your shipments from in-gate Mexico to out-gate U.S.
  • Superior double-stack ride and cargo security

Better at the Border

  • No cross-border trucking across congested highway bridges
  • No border transfer or handling fees
  • Southbound shipments are pre-cleared and move in-bond through the border and onto the Silao ramp to minimize customs clearance delays
  • Customers can use the customs broker of their choice at Silao to clear cargo, utilizing the facility’s in-bond area
  • Northbound shipments are pre-cleared

New infrastructure = faster, more reliable transit

For more information on Mexico Intermodal solutions, contact a BNSF or FXE sales expert today.

BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide
General rules and policies for BNSF Intermodal.

BNSF-FXE Silao Intermodal: Reference Document for Beneficial Cargo Owners
BNSF/FXE Intermodal Service - Chicago-Silao - Quick Reference Guide
A short summary that explains customs clearance and documentation procedures for carriers to use with their customers.

BNSF-FXE Silao Intermodal: Reference Documents for Carriers
Service and Documentation Guidelines for Carriers
Includes billing instructions, points of contact for southbound and northbound shipment for carriers, a one-time Power-of-Attorney form to be filled out by the Mexico importer in order to process the T-3 in-bond movement and a one-time Power-of-Attorney optional form to be filled out by the U.S. exporter for BNSF/Double Stack Services to submit shipment export declarations to U.S. Customs.

New Customer On-Boarding Checklist
A checklist of what is needed for southbound and northbound shipments.

Power of Attorney Form – Shipper Export Declarations
A simple, one-time Power-of-Attorney optional form filled out by the US exporter for BNSF/Double Stack Services to submit shipment export declarations to U.S. Customs.

Automotive Solutions

BNSF is a leader in shipping automobiles and automotive parts, with an established reputation for service, security and cost-effective service. We ship more than 1.9 million new vehicles annually for Honda, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Toyota and others. Our extensive automotive transportation network includes 24 automotive shipping facilities in the United States. BNSF Mexico is a major resource for auto shipping from Mexico. We continue to enhance our ability to serve the automotive industry, acquiring 2,676 automotive multi-level cars in recent years and introducing the only intermodal service to Silao.

Carload Solutions

BNSF Mexico offers carload solutions that are consistent, reliable and cost-effective. We utilize the industry's most modern fleet of carload equipment to meet your capacity needs and connect you with BNSF's vast North American network. We are experts at the cross-border shipping of a range of commodities, including building materials, plastics, chemicals, minerals, machinery, metals, food, beverages and petroleum products. And we give our shippers access to a range of online tools that make the entire shipping process easier and fully visible. Online resources include Loading Diagrams and Equipment Guide.

Transload Solutions

You can still access the BNSF carload network even if your Mexico facility doesn't have direct rail access. BNSF Mexico works closely with premium transload partners and Mexican rail carriers to help you access the BNSF network at the most advantageous point for you. Find out about BNSF U.S. transload information.

Partners for Shipping Plastics, Lube Oils and Hazardous Materials

Bulkmatic Queretaro TFM 15
Bulkmatic Leon TFM/FXE 10
Bulkmatic Monterrey TFM/FXE 30
Bulkmatic Guadalajara FXE/TFM 20
Bulkmatic Mexico TFVM 150
Horco Monterrey TFM 30
Horco SLP TFM 12
Horco Guadalajara TFM/FXE 30
Horco Mexico TFVM 40
Logistica INternacional Monterrey TFM 20
AB Trading Limited Huehuetoca TFM 10
Servicios y Operaciones Terrestres Teotihuacan FSRR 30
Forkisa Monterrey TFM 8
Katoen Natie Mexico TFVM 20
Terminal Tacuba Mexico TFVM 30
Lubrizol Monterrey TFM 20
OTM Altamira FXE 60
Mazahua  Toluca TFM 15
Aluminio y Zinc Nacional Monterrey TFM/FXE 3
Puerta Mexico Toluca (Mina Mexico) KCSM 110
Partners for Shipping Steel, Bulk Commodities and Machinery

Aceros Dondisch Mexico TFVM 6
Aceros Prime Ramos Arizpe TFM 10
Nacional de Acero Mexico TFVM 14
Malla Soldada SLP TFM 12
Belosa Toluca TFM 20
Belosa Puebla FSRR 20
Belosa Saltillo TFM 20
Transportes GUME Monterrey TFM 35
Transportes Flores Monterrey TFM 50
La Concordia Queretaro TFM 10
MJB Tableros Saltillo TFM 15
Forkisa Saltillo TFM 40
Terminal Tacuba Mexico TFVM 30
Almacenadora Gomez Queretaro TFM 18
Transportes Telleria Pachuca FSRR 5
Aluminio y Zinc Industrial Monterrey TFM/FXE 3
SIMERI Monterrey TFM 5
Puerta Mexico Toluca (Mina Mexico) KCSM 110

Agricultural Solutions

BNSF Mexico is a major transporter of grain, connecting key grain-producing areas in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Great Plains regions to major consumption markets in Mexico.

We are experts in meeting the needs of whole grain, grain products and bulk foods shippers. BNSF Mexico typically runs 100-car grain shuttles to facilities in Mexico via connections with Ferromex and KCSM. We have rates in place with Ferromex and KCSM that share with shippers and receivers the benefits attained when moving these larger trains.

BNSF Mexico can also handle smaller shipments to non-shuttle-train-capable facilities by arrangement. For rate information, see Rate Book BNSF – 4022-L and Agricultural Products Rates and Prices.

Mexico Shuttle Facilities

Grupo Lala/NuplenGomez PalacioDGFXE
Rancho LuceroViñedoDGFXE
AgydsaEl CastilloJAFXE
AlmerLa JuntaJAFXE
ProanSan Juan de los LagosJAFXE
PaisaSan Juan de los LagosJAFXE
Gavilon EncanaciónEncarnaciónJAFXE
Bartlett ChicaloteChicaloteAGFXE/KCSM
Bachoco TuleTuleAGKCSM
Bartlett SLPSan Luis PotosiSLKCSM
ValiSan Luis PotosiSLKCSM
Bachoco Salinas VictoriaSalinas VictoriaNLKCSM
Bachoco CelayaCelayaGJFXE
La ModernaVillagranGJFXE
Bajio GrainJoaquinGJFXE
KastoLa BarcaJAFXE
Harinera GuadalupeLa BarcaJAFXE
19 HermanosLa Barca JAFXE
BH ComercializadoraPattiMHFXE
IngredionSan Juan del RioQA KCSM
Ferropuerto SonoraCd.ObregónSOFXE

U.S. Shuttle Facilities