September 14, 2015 12:30 PM, EDT

Schneider Adds US-Canada Intermodal Service

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Schneider added intermodal service between the Southeast and Montreal over a more direct route.

The announcement by the seventh-ranked company on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada said the step was intended to help customers seeking southbound capacity for Georgia and Florida destinations.

The statement by Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Schneider said the new offering using the CSX rail network eliminated a previous routing through Great Lakes states.

“We saw a desire for capacity, especially for our customers in Montreal who would ship containers northeast via intermodal to fill in tough service lanes,” said Jim Filter, Schneider senior vice president of intermodal. “This additional lane opens up possibilities for current and new customers to ship product quickly and more efficiently to the Southeast instead of by truck and trailer.”

Schneider also has added intermodal services from Montreal to Ohio locations and St. Louis.

An advantage cited by the trucking company was the ability to move southbound freight through Canada Customs without delays when paperwork is done in advance.

The company didn’t disclose how often the new services operate or transit time improvements.