Mexico Intermodal

Union Pacific's powerful Intermodal franchise offers unmatched service to and from Mexico. Utilizing a fleet of nearly 60,000 rail containers, Union Pacific serves several major gateways through three intermodal shipping programs--Border, Mexico Direct and Passport. The variety of available services, reliability of the EMP and UMAX programs and experience of the Union Pacific Intermodal Mexico team ensures each customer has an efficient and comprehensive transportation program to fit their needs.

Three Ways In and Out of Mexico

1. Border Service
Union Pacific's Border Service is service to and from the U.S./Mexico border. EMP and UMAX programs provide expanded access to markets across North America, utilizing four Union Pacific border gateways: El Paso, Laredo and Rio Valley, TX; plus Tucson, AZ. Intermodal Marketing Companies (IMCs) monitor the Customs clearance process at the border, eliminating the need for customers to do so and making the Customs process simple and efficient.


2. Mexico Direct
Mexico Direct is an all-rail, seamless option, offering Intermodal service between the U.S. and Canada and major Mexican markets. With Mexico Direct, shipments do not stop at the border for Customs clearance. Instead, they travel in-bond, clearing Customs at interior Mexican origins and destinations. Mexico Direct offers a through-rate structure that provides customers the convenience of a single price and a single bill for their ramp-to-ramp shipments to and from Mexico.


3. Streamline Passport

The Streamline Passport program is a door-to-door intermodal freight transportation solution for customers throughout Mexico, backed by the industry's largest intermodal container fleet and Streamline's extensive drayage network. Streamline Passport shipments clear customs at the border and are serviced to and from Union Pacific's border terminals, including Laredo and El Paso, TX; and Nogales, AZ with drayage in and out of Mexico.

Streamline Passport Features and Benefits:

  • Transactional rates instantly via the QuoteLine web tool
  • Annual rate offers and committed capacity for repetitive Mexico freight
  • Access to Streamline's Shipment Management tool, providing full visibility and tracking capabilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico
  • Daily snapshot capacity maps
  • Door-to-door intermodal savings calculator
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  • Streamline Passport Brochure

Mexico General Information

For more details regarding shipping by rail to and from Mexico, visit the Mexico General Information page.

Contact Us

Contact a member of the team to get started. 

For assistance in Spanish, please contact our Mexico City Office at 011-52 (55) 5279-8600.