Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Intermodal Union as Rail Freight and Trucking and Logistics Group Renew Agreement

Schneider and BNSF Sign Another Multiyear Contract
Shipping News Feature

US - Schneider National Incorporated, one of the oldest and most respected of the US trucking groups, has announced the renewal of its long term agreement with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BNSF Railway to cooperate on Schneider’s intermodal and logistics service options. Schneider believes that with BNSF continuing on as one of its primary rail freight providers it can offer high quality cost effective and streamlined multi modal services.

In the four years since BNSF Railway became Schneider's primary Western rail provider, the organizations say they have continued to enhance their performance to provide "truck-like" reliability and low cost service. The agreement provides Schneider customers continued access to the largest intermodal network in the world, offering two service levels and daily service in all major lanes. Additionally, BNSF continues to invest heavily in its network to improve rail infrastructure and expand service offerings to support intermodal growth. Bill Matheson, president of Intermodal Services for Schneider National commented:

“Schneider’s asset-based intermodal service expertise, combined with BNSF’s commitment to a technologically advanced and efficient rail system, provides customers a proven solution during a time of tight truckload capacity. Our relationship with BNSF allows us to provide the support our customers need to succeed, saving them time and money while enabling reliable service.”

The advantages both in economic and environmental terms, key factors when customers outsource their logistics in the current climate, are not lost on Steve Branscum, BNSF Railway, group vice president Consumer Products Marketing who said:

"More and more shippers are realizing the benefits of converting their over-the-road freight to intermodal. As they do so, our two companies are poised to provide these shippers with exceptional intermodal service throughout the U.S. We look forward to working closely with Schneider to continue to bring next-generation intermodal solutions to the marketplace."

Schneider provides complete North American intermodal coverage and in addition to its service coverage in the West with BNSF Railway, it utilises services in the East with CSX as well as Canadian and Mexican border crossings with CN and Kansas City Southern railroads to distribute its freight.