Midwestern inland port notes uptick in container shipments

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A northbound Canadian National intermodal train rolls through central Illinois on CN's former Illinois Central main line.
Chase Gunnoe
DECATUR, Ill. — Intermodal traffic is on the rise in central Illinois. Canadian National, Archer Daniels Midland Co., and the Midwest Inland Port are working together to increase container volumes at its intermodal facility in Decatur.

CN is importing containers from the Port of Montreal and the Port of Prince Rupert, B.C., to the Decatur facility on three-day-a-week intermodal trains. The imported products are then distributed to Illinois and Midwestern customers.

Once unloaded, ADM reloads the empty 40-foot containers with export loads of grain and other processed products for export shipment on CN’s network.

"We are pleased to see rising volumes of imported containers arriving at our intermodal ramp via CN for area distribution in Illinois. The resulting empty container capacity is essential to our efforts to grow exports of our products to global markets, especially in Asia,” says Dennis Whalen, vice president — transportation, intermodal freight for ADM.

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