Terminal Connects NAFTA Partners To Mexico

Compiled By Deborah Austin Burgeoning demand for across-border trade services with Mexico -- and NAFTA-related growth -- have spurred Consolidated Freightways (CF) to open a major less-than-truckload (LTL) freight terminal near Laredo, Texas. The 93-door, 51,000-sq-ft terminal -- which accommodates 2 million pounds of freight daily -- is part of CF's $17 million push to upgrade and expand service to Mexico. Laredo is intended as CF's major point of consolidation services for all southbound freight, and becomes a major northbound distribution hub replacing a smaller one. The new terminal is one of 22 in CF's Mexico division; CF also plans a Mexico City super hub to open later this year. Consolidated Freightways, with executive offices in Vancouver, Wash., operates one of the U.S.'s largest long-distance LTL transportation networks.

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