Transborder Freight Fell in 2020

Freight moving among the United States, Canada and Mexico fell 13.3 percent in 2020  to $1.06 trillion the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said this week.

The comparison was with calendar year 2019. In a news release, BTS said total transborder freight in fell every month from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic until rising 0.4 percent in December.

Rail was the second-most used mode, handling $148 billion worth of freight in 2020, a 16.9 percent decrease compared with 2019’s level.

The value of freight moved by rail last year between the United States and Canada was $79 billion, down 18.3 percent, while the value of freight moved by rail between the United States and Mexico was $70 billion, down 15.3 percent.

The top three rail commodities in 2020, which represented 58.9 percent of transborder rail freight, were motor vehicles and parts, valued at $69 billion; mineral fuels, $10 billion; and plastics, $8 billion.

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