QSL, the Quebec-based terminal operator and stevedoring company, is expanding its geographic footprint in the US with the addition of a marine terminal in Houston, Texas, at the South Central Cement dock with draft of 11.9 metres. QSL Texas Terminals will now be offering its clients access to the central part of the United States of America via the Mississippi River, the key transportation artery of the U.S. economy. This presence is the first phase of QSL’s planned activities into the Gulf of Mexico. “The acquisition is in line with our desire to meet the evolving needs of our customers. We are proud and excited about the opportunities this expansion enables for our teams and our customers. Our North American footprint is widening, and we are paving the way for promising synergies through intermodality, said Robert Bellisle, President and CEO of QSL.

QSL Texas Terminals will now have two operations in the Houston area: access to South-Central Cement Dock via Compas Marine for the loading and unloading of barges and ships, as well as a 13,000-square-metre warehouse and 40,000 square metres of outdoor storage space in Pasadena. The warehouse opened in Oct. 2019 and provides services for commodities, containers, rail transshipment, bulk transfer and bagging, local and regional trucking, container billing and cargo consolidation. The new warehouse will serve businesses dealing in steel, metals, lumber, project cargo, paper, cotton and general cargo. It has access to the PTRA network (Port Terminal Railroad Association), which assures switching to the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads, and serves the Kansas City Southern Railroad for all freight to and from Mexico.

“I want to thank all our teams who go beyond the call of duty day after day, and who allow us to deliver our promise to our customers: tailor-made success. During the past forty years, QSL has grown into a company with a reputation for excellence and cutting-edge expertise, now expanding into the southern United States,” concluded Mr. Bellisle.