A direct rail transportation service has been launched by Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) from Vancouver, British Columbia to Detroit.

The railway stated, “Leveraging CP’s newest transload facility in Vancouver and its innovative live-lift operation at Portal, N.D. to accelerate cross-border shipments, this new service can cut transit times from the West Coast to Detroit by as much as 48 hours compared with our nearest competitors.”

As disclosed by the service on Monday, the Class I railway is slated to run seven days a week.

To avoid the hassle of having entire intermodal railcars held up, CP began live lift operations at the Portal border crossing. This has been going on from the second quarter and allows the customs authorities to conduct inspections by lifting single containers off of trains.

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