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8/25/2021



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

North American transborder freight by rail increased in June


Rail, the second-most used mode of freight transportation, moved 14.1% of all transborder freight by value in June.
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The volume of freight moved by rail between the United States, Canada and Mexico in June was worth $16.4 billion, up 45.5% compared with June 2020 and up 3.4% compared with June 2019, according to U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) data.

Rail, the second-most used mode of freight transportation, moved 14.1% of all transborder freight by value in June.

By border, rail freight moved between the United States and Canada in June was worth $9.2 billion, representing 15.6% of all northern border freight. Between the United States and Mexico, rail freight represented 12.6% of all southern border freight.

The top three rail commodities moved in June were vehicles other than rail, worth $6.2 billion; wood and articles, worth $1.6 billion; and mineral fuels, worth $1.3 billion.

Total North American transborder freight moved in June was worth $116 billion, up 41% compared to June 2020. The value of transborder freight in June was up 11.8% compared to $103.8 billion in June 2019.

Trucks, the most-used mode, moved $72.2 billion of freight, up 27.9% compared to June 2020 and up 10% compared to $65.6 billion in June 2019.



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