Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal, both subsidiaries of Con-way Inc., have launched a new North American intermodal service that they said bring together the strengths of both companies.

While the new service will work with all major Class 1 railroads and offer full nationwide service for intermodal moves, it is “emphasizing a unique capacity and differentiated capability for U.S.-Mexico trade,” the companies said.

The integrated service leverages Con-way Truckload’s recognized leadership and expertise in Mexico through its CFI Logistica subsidiary, where it has 10 offices, an extensive drayage network and 40 years of in-country experience, and Con-way Multimodal’s resources, systems and freight procurement expertise.

“With changing global trade patterns and the rise in near-sourcing, Mexico is increasingly a location of choice for manufacturing and distribution,” said Saul Gonzalez, president of Con-way Truckload. “This new collaborative service with Con-way Multimodal allows us to immediately expand our portfolio for customers, adding an intermodal option to complement our well-established long-haul and regional over-the-road services. We are able to create additional value from our extensive network of Mexico sales and drayage operations, providing customers with dedicated capacity and new service capability.”

“This formalizes a true intermodal service product and dramatically expands our capability to arrange and manage transportation for U.S.-Mexico traffic,” said Tommy Barnes, president of Con-way Multimodal. “And by combining our systems, expertise and resources with Con-way Truckload’s network of 2,700 drivers in the U.S. and its long-established infrastructure in Mexico through CFI Logistica, we bring to market a unique collection of assets and value not available from any other organization.”

According to Gonzalez, the new service also will present opportunities for Con-way Truckload’s drivers to pick up more loads and secure more miles.

“We will be able to match our drivers up with drayage opportunities such that they can earn additional income when they have availability between regional and long-haul over-the-road moves,” he said.