CN announced a new interchange service with CSXT Transportation (CSX) over Chicago. The service facilitates access to key Ohio Valley markets to container imports moving over CN’s network from the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, B.C.

Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Our new interchange service will give CN’s customers efficient and cost-effective access to CSX’s new Northwest Ohio Terminal and to the important markets of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky.”

Prior to this agreement, CN and CSX exchanged container traffic in Chicago by truck, instead of directly between railroads.

“Our interchange agreements with CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) for container traffic moving over the Chicago gateway to Northeastern U.S. markets underscore CN’s commitment to improving the efficiency of its customers’ supply chains, with the goal of making them more competitive in their end markets,” Ruest said.

CSX and NS are the major rail carriers in the Eastern United States.