Schneider said it has expanded its bulk intermodal trailer service to include new routes into Mexico and Canada.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company said the expansion is due to the popularity of its new intermodal service, with volumes increasing 75% in the first six months of 2014.
“As the driver market continues to tighten, chemical companies of all sizes are struggling to get longhaul bulk capacity,” George Grossardt, senior vice president and general manager of Schneider’s Bulk division, said in a statement.
“When customers move loads on the rail with Schneider Bulk, it frees up drivers for their other over-the-road loads,” Grossardt said.
The company said it plans to expand the number of bulk intermodal trailers in the next year to meet demand.
Most shipments traveling by Schneider’s intermodal service take about a day longer than it would over the road.
“Truckload plus one day is very doable for most chemical shippers today,” Grossardt said. “If they can build the extra day of transit into their supply chains, they can count on our bulk intermodal drivers to deliver. Many of the customers who have experienced our bulk intermodal service have become regular or heavy users because it gives them a largely unconstrained, longhaul liquid bulk capacity option.”
Schneider ranks No. 7 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.