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Union Pacific partners with Katoen Natie to provide export service for plastic pellets

Union Pacific (Omaha, NE) and Katoen Natie (Antwerp, Belgium), a global supplier of logistics and distribution services, have introduced their Dallas to Dock service, which provides plastic producers with a low-cost export option for plastic pellets.

The Dallas to Dock inititative transports plastic pellets in hopper cars from the Gulf region and ships the product to Dallas, where the pellets are packaged and transferred into intermodal containers. The containers then travel to ocean ports via Union Pacific’s premium intermodal service.

To support the Dallas to Dock service, a state-of-the-art plastic packaging facility will be constructed in Dallas in the Prime Pointe Industrial Park, a 3,000-acre, rail-served area located in South Dallas County. Adjacent to Union Pacific’s Dallas Intermodal Terminal (DIT), the facility will have approximately 500,000 square feet of warehouse space with railroad access. Scheduled for completion in third quarter 2017, the facility will become the 15th location in North America for Katoen Natie.

“The new plastic packaging facility is strategically located in Dallas to align with empty container availability and our premier intermodal service to the West Coast for export,” said Beth Whited, Union Pacific Vice President – Chemicals. “Our expedited intermodal service offers four-day transit to the West Coast ports.” Union Pacific also offers international intermodal service between Dallas and Houston.

“This location is a great extension of the Katoen Natie Global logistics network. It provides our customers flexibility for their far east export needs out of the U.S. Gulf,” said Frank Vingerhoets, president of Katoen Natie USA.

Katoen Natie operates facilities in Europe, Asia/Pacific, North and South America and Africa.

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