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7/9/2004



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U.S. roads register huge gain with first-half grain moves, USDOT says



U.S. railroads are moving significantly more shipments of export grain compared with 2003 data, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) "Grain Transportation Report" released yesterday.

During 2004's first half, export grain rail moves rose 85.8 percent at Texas Gulf Coast ports and 45 percent at Pacific Northwest ports. The two regions account for about 95 percent of U.S. ports' rail-delivered grain, according to USDOT.

Overall, roads moved 174,941 cars of grain to U.S. ports as of June 30, a 39.6 percent increase compared with 125,298 cars moved during 2003's first half.


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