November 10, 2016 - TRA Newswire -

KCS and KCSM Conduct Mexico Energy Symposium

Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) hosted a Mexico Energy Symposium on November 9 in Houston, Texas with participation from energy shippers and transportation providers from throughout North America.  The primary topic was how KCS’ and KCSM’s U.S.-Mexico cross-border network is bridging the gap to serve Mexico’s new and growing energy market.


"KCS and KCSM are well-positioned to transport refined products cross-border.  With KCSM´s direct access to Monterrey, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro, we can bridge the gap and serve this market well,” said KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Brian Hancock.

The symposium addressed several topics important to customers and service providers seeking to engage in Mexico’s energy market.  These topics included an overview of the new regulations and what they mean for the market; railroad infrastructure capacity and consistent, reliable and flexible service capabilities to handle current and future traffic; the world-class, multi-layered safety and security program available to move product; and the nuts and bolts of importing fuel to Mexico.


Symposium speakers included KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Brian Hancock; regulatory expert and Enix founding partner Francisco Salazar; Argus Media vice president pricing and marketing strategies Jamie Brito; Kansas City Southern de Mexico Servicios senior vice president operations Oscar Del Cueto; KCS director international purchasing Manuel Elizondo; and KCSM security advisor Jim Kniestedt of the Gravick Group.


Symposium participants had an opportunity to stop by table top exhibits and network with service providers and customers seeking outlets in Mexico to distribute or receive energy products in Mexico.


Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S.  Its international holdings include KCSM, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.  KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.  More information about KCS can be found at