Mexican Terminal to Handle Lubes


Raloy Lubricants and railroad company Kansas City Southern de Mexico recently opened the Diamond International transload center, a storage terminal that will primarily be used for lubricants, base oil, additives, antifreeze and brake fluids.

Diamond will operate the transload center, which has capacity to handle 400 rail cars and 27,000 tons annually at its location in Mexico City.

Raloy will receive the base oils coming from the U.S. in this terminal by rail car and ship to its facility, a Raloy spokesman told Lube Report. The transload center operates like a liquid terminal, intended for receiving, storing and transloading base oils, antifreeze or other kinds of liquids coming from the United States by railroad, according to the spokesman. The terminal is not exclusively for Raloys use, he noted, so it may be used by any other customers that require similar types of service.

Raloys customers include original equipment manufacturers. For the OEMs, we produce the lubricants in our Raloy facilities and send it to the consumers in any part of Mexico or even to any country in the world, he added.

The KCS de Mexico new business development and transload team helped develop the project by taking advantage of unused real estate and rail facilities. The primary goal is to expand our business into the specialized lubricants market, KCS said in a statement.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Kansas City Southern is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Kansas City Southern de Mexico serves northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lzaro Crdenas, Tampico and Veracruz.

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