Transborder Rail Freight Down in April

Rail freight moving among the United States, Canada and Mexico in April was worth $15.7 billion, down 5.7 percent compared with March.

However April of this year posted a 164.4 percent gain over April 2020, when North America was mired in pandemic-related shutdowns, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.

The value of freight moved by rail in April 2021 rose 0.7 percent from the $15.6 billion moved in April 2019.

Rail freight moving between the United States and Canada in April was worth $8.4 billion, up 132.4 percent year over year.

Rail freight moving between the United States and Mexico was worth $7.3 billion, up 213.9 percent year over year.

The top three commodities moved by rail in April were: motor vehicles and parts at $6 billion; mineral fuels at $1.4 billion; and wood and articles at $1.3 billion.

Freight moved by all transportation modes in April was worth $107.4 billion, up 84.7 percent from April 2020’s level. April 2021 transborder freight was up 2.7 percent compared with April 2019’s level.

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