Norfolk Southern and Florida East Coast expand their services

Florida Express service Norfolk Southern Corporation and Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) announced the Florida Express service, an expansion of their international and domestic interline services.

The Florida Express service, which is already being leveraged by anchor customer, Crowley, creates a two-way transport solution for customers moving goods between South Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We are focused on providing reliable service and generating smart, sustainable growth opportunities for our customers. This new, two-way transport solution between Western North Carolina and South Florida accomplishes both goals, and we look forward to helping our domestic and international customers unlock the value of this service,” Norfolk Southern Chief Marketing Officer Ed Elkins said.

The new service offering builds upon the strong partnership between the two rail companies which continues to allow customers to unlock new supply chain pathways. The partnership relies on a steel wheel interchange in Jacksonville, operating in both directions and expanding services for customers accessing global markets 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. We are committed to providing a fast, reliable and top of class service into the ports and partnering with Norfolk Southern provides a consistent and most efficient solution,” Luis Hernandez, VP Intermodal for FEC, said.

Crowley, a US-based logistics, marine, and energy solutions company, will engage the Florida Express to help customers in the US, Central America, and the Caribbean Basin expand their options to move textile goods to and from Charlotte for garment and apparel manufacturing. North Carolina currently leads the nation with nearly 20% of all US textile exports, the largest textile mill industry, and more than 395 textile manufacturers.

“Through Florida Express, textile industry customers can receive enhanced supply chain efficiency, connecting our growing Central America market with US manufacturing centers such as North Carolina. Coupled with our regular ocean transportation service in South Florida, the industry will benefit with even more options to ensure fast, reliable solutions,” Crowley’s Vice President, North American Transportation Bob Weist, said.

In the future, the Florida Express will accommodate customers moving goods like produce, poultry, and other commodities in the agriculture industry. Customers seeking to learn more can contact Norfolk Southern Intermodal where dedicated marketing representatives will help them take full advantage of the company’s expanded service portfolio.


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