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Transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation between the United States and Canada and Mexico rose 1.5 percent to $97.1 billion worth of goods in January compared with January 2019 levels, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported last week.
Rail, the second-most used mode, moved $13.4 billion of freight during January, a 3.9 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago. Year over year, freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada fell 2 percent to $7.4 billion worth of goods; freight moved by rail between the United States and Mexico rose 12 percent to $6 billion, according to a BTS press release.
Freight moved by rail in January represented 13.8 percent of all transborder freight moved during the month.
The three busiest rail border ports and value of goods moved in January were in Laredo, Texas, $3.2 billion; Detroit, $2.2 billion; and Eagle Pass, Texas, $1.7 billion.
The top three rail commodities were: motor vehicles and parts, worth $6 billion; mineral fuels, worth $1.4 billion; and plastics and articles, worth $700 million. Those top three commodities represented 60.2 percent of the total transborder freight moved by rail.
Transborder freight moved by truck, the most-used mode, fell 3.2 percent to $61.1 billion in January compared to the year-ago level.