Norfolk Southern, Florida East Coast Railway look to lure ag shippers with expanded intermodal service

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Dive Brief:

  • Norfolk Southern and Florida East Coast Railway have launched Florida Express, a two-way intermodal express service connecting ports in South Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina, the railroads announced March 5.
  • The service aims to initially target the nearshoring surge for textile industry shippers in the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean Basin seeking faster transportation options to and from Port Everglades and Port of Miami to Charlotte and other points around the U.S.
  • Looking ahead, the Florida Express service will eventually accommodate customers moving products like produce, poultry and other agriculture commodities.

Norfolk Southern and Florida East Coast Railway’s new intermodal service provides two-way express service from ports in south Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Dive Insight:

Norfolk Southern has been working to expand its railroad services to better capture market shares.

In September, Norfolk Southern announced it would team with Canadian National to add an intermodal service between the U.S. and Canada, which launched in October. The railroad also noted that it handled an increase in volume from FedEx’s Ground unit during peak season after the two companies strategized ways to strengthen service.

The expanded interline service with FEC relies on a steel wheel change in Jacksonville to better connect customers moving goods through South Florida.

“For us in FEC, reaching additional markets and providing customers with options to ship into the primary markets in Florida is key to our development,” Florida East Coast Railway VP of Intermodal Luis Hernandez said in the release. 

The service could potentially provide new export pathways for poultry producers in North Carolina, the second largest poultry producer in the U.S.

Logistics services provider Crowley is already leveraging the route to expand customers’ intermodal options for moving textile goods to and from major U.S. manufacturing centers, like North Carolina. The state currently accounts for 20% of U.S. textile exports with more than 395 manufacturers.

Sarah Zimmerman contributed to this story.

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