Canadian Pacific (CP) has launched a direct rail transportation service between Vancouver and Detroit, which will run seven days a week. The service will use CP's newest transload facility in Vancouver and its live-lift operation at Portal, N.D., to accelerate cross-border shipments.
CP has stated that the new service can cut transit times from the West Coast to Detroit by as much as 48 hours compared with competitors.
"We've worked hard to reshape our footprint in the Vancouver area to improve efficiency and boost capacity for our customers," said John Brooks, CP senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "And now, with our live-lift operation in Portal, we can expedite service and truly exploit the strengths of our network to provide unparalleled service and value in the Vancouver-to-Detroit lane."
"We are proud to be working alongside our customers to find innovative total transportation solutions that increase efficiency, expands capacity and enhances value for all stakeholders, and this is just the beginning," added Brooks.
The new Vancouver transload operation is co-located at CP's carload and intermodal facility, allowing CP to utilize rail for movements between terminals and ports.
Hardy Pearson, senior vice president Midwest and Northeast for Hapag-Lloyd, remarked, "CP recognizes our customers' need to get their goods to the key markets of the U.S. as efficiently as possible. Simply put, shorter transit times, a more fluid border crossing and near seamless movement through Chicago means not only lower costs but better, more consistent access to the right markets."
CP started live lift operations at the Portal border crossing in the second quarter of 2017, allowing CP to lift single containers off of trains for inspection by customs authorities rather than having entire intermodal railcars held up. CP now serves both the Port of Montreal and the Port of Vancouver daily from Detroit.