Last Thursday October 10, The Indiana Rail Road (INRD), Canadian National Railroad (CN) and the State of Indiana officially opened the Indianapolis Intermodal Terminal. This new terminal, located at 1585 South Senate Avenue in the INRD rail yard, will allow Central Indiana direct access to Asian ports cutting nearly a week off of transit times and saving shippers money in the process.
As announced by Indiana Governor, Mike Pence and INRD CEO Tom Hoback, this new service will allow Indiana’s agricultural products and other exports to become much more competitive in global markets while making imports cheaper. Average passage time from Shanghai to Indianapolis will now be 20 days versus the 24 day transit times previous to the terminal’s opening.
Additional Advantages of the new terminal include:
- With the CN rail connections to Prince Rupert and Vancouver, British Columbia, Shippers will have access to virtually all global steamship lines.
- The port of Prince Rupert is 57 hours sailing time closer to Asia than the ports of LA/Long Beach.
- The grade of the Rocky Mountain passage is also of a lower grade overall resulting in the lowest fuel consumption and carbon footprint of all Class 1 railroads.
- On-site trans-load opportunities through Mid-West commodities (grain products), Arrow Reload systems (lumber products), Merchandise Warehouse (frozen, refrigerated and dry goods), and the Indianapolis Industrial Center (industrial products).
- It is estimated that there are “match-back” opportunities for all of the estimated first year container volume of 24,000 units.
- Expedited customs clearance.
Call today for additional information about this important global shipping development.