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Value of Transborder Freight Rose in December

March 4, 2021

The value of transborder freight moving by rail among the United States, Canada and Mexico increased 1.6 percent to $14.1 billion worth of goods in December 2020 compared with November 2020 the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

In a news release, BTS said that on a year-over-year basis, freight moved by rail in December decreased 2 percent in value.

The value of freight moved by all modes of transportation in December totaled $96.8 billion, an increase of 0.9 percent compared to the previous month and a gain of 0.4 percent compared  to the same month in 2019.

Rail was the second-most-used mode in December as measured by value, accounting for 14.6 percent of all transborder freight.

In December, $7.4 billion worth of freight was moved by rail between the United States and Canada, up 1.9 percent compared with the previous month but a decline of 7.4 percent compared with the same month in 2019.

The value of freight moving between the U.S. and Mexico was $6.8 billion, up 1.3 percent compared with the previous month and up 4.7 percent compared with December 2019.

Transborder Freight Up 5% in October

January 12, 2021

Transborder freight moved by rail between the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 5 percent to $14.5 billion worth of goods in October 2020 compared with September 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported last week.

BTS said on a year-over-year basis, freight moved by rail in October fell 0.4 percent.

Freight moved by all modes of transportation among the three nations rose 5.8 percent to $102.1 billion worth of goods in October compared with September, but fell 4.7 percent in a year-over-year comparison.

Rail was the second-most used mode in October making up 14.2 percent of all transborder freight.

During October $7.6 billion worth of freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada, up 2 percent compared with September but down 3.6 percent year over year.

Between the United States and Mexico, $6.8 billion worth of freight was moved by rail in October, up 8.5 percent in September and 3.4 percent year over year.

More Tank Cars Now Meet Federal Standards

September 26, 2020

A report released this week concludes that 48 percent of railroad tank cars that carried Class 3 flammable liquids in 2019 met the new federal safety requirements, up from 33 percent in 2018.

The report released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics tracks the transformation of the fleet carrying Class 3 flammable liquids to be a fleet of DOT-117s, which meet new safety requirements.

In a news release, BTS said some Class 3 flammable liquids are carried in tank cars, such as DOT-111s that have fewer safety features.

DOT-117 compliant tank cars now make up 73 percent of the tank car fleet, up from 46 percent in 2018.

BTS said DOT-111 tank cars, which lack jackets and do not meet the new safety standards, have not carried crude oil since 2016 and the percentage of all other tank car types carrying crude oil dropped from 66 percent in 2017 to 28 percent in 2019, BTS officials said.

Federal law mandated that railroads stop carrying crude oil in DOT-111 tank cars starting in 2018.

The BTS report described the progress of tank car safety upgrades from 2013 through 2019 by tank car type and type of flammable liquid. Class 3 flammable liquids most commonly include crude oil, ethanol and refined petroleum products.

Transborder Freight was Up in February

April 23, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said this week that transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 1.9 percent to a value of $95.9 billion worth of goods in February compared with February 2019 levels.

Railroad transportation was the second-most used mode, moving $14.4 billion worth of freight during February, a 10.3 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago.

Year over year, freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada rose 2.9 percent to $7.3 billion worth of goods.

Freight moved by rail between the United States and Mexico rose 19.3 percent to $7 billion worth of goods.

In a news release BTS said the U.S.-Mexico rail increase was driven by a 29.6 percent increase in imports of vehicles other than railway. Non-railway vehicles are 76.9 percent of imports by rail from Mexico.

Freight moved by rail in February represented 15 percent of all transborder freight during moved during the month.

DOT Freight Transportation Services Index Up in August

October 17, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation freight transportation services index in August hit a record 140.6 in August, up 4.1 percent from the index in August 2018.

DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics  said the previous record was 138.8 in November 2018.

The index is based on the amount of freight carried by for-hire transportation entities.

“The August Freight TSI increase was broad-based, with increases in all sectors except the rail components — carloads and intermodal,” BTS officials said in a news release. The TSI increase took place against a background of mixed results for other indicators.”

BTS officials noted that the Federal Reserve Board Industrial Production Index grew in August, with increases in mining, manufacturing and utilities. Personal income increased by 0.4 percent, while housing starts grew by 12.3 percent.

The Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Index fell 2.1 points to 49.1, indicating contraction in the manufacturing sector.

Year to date, the for-hire freight shipments measured by the index were up 3.2 percent in August, compared to the index at 2018’s end.

Freight Index Set Record in October

December 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation said that its Freight Transportation Services Index hit a record 129.2 in October, breaking the previous record of 129 set last August.

DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the freight TSI inched up 0.6 from September’s level and climbed 5.3 percent from October 2016’s mark.

The index measures month-to-month changes in shipments moved by rail, truck, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.

“Significant increases in trucking, rail carloads, rail intermodal and water led the October increase  . . .  while air freight declined and pipeline was stable,” BTS officials said in a news release.

October marked the index’s third record level during a four-month period and fourth record in six months.

The bureau said that from August to November the Freight TSI achieved its four highest levels ever attained.

The passenger TSI in October fell 4.2 percent from September’s level to 122.3. On a year-over-year basis, the index dropped 1.2 percent.

The passenger TSI measures month-to-month changes in travel via intercity rail, air and local transit modes.

The combined freight and passenger TSI of 127.1 in October dipped 0.9 percent from September’s level but rose 3.2 percent from October 2016’s mark.

DOT Freight Index Set Record in May

July 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation said last week that its Freight Transportation Services Index was a record 126.8 in May, besting the previous best of 126.0 set in February 2017.

The index is based on the amount of freight carried by for-hire transportation entities and it increased by 2.2 percent from April.

The Freight TSI registered its largest month-over-month gain since it rose 2.9 percent from November to December 2011, DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.

“The May increase was broad-based, with gains in most modes, especially water and pipeline, while air freight and trucking were stable,” BTS officials said in a statement. “The increase took place despite mixed performance in other indicators in May.”

The Freight TSI increased 1.8 percent in May compared with the same period in 2016.

The Passenger TSI, which is based on month-to-month changes in travel provided by air, local transit and intercity rail services, fell 0.2 percent in May.

However, the Passenger TSI index of 126.7 was a 1.4 percent increase from May 2016.

May’s combined TSI of 126.7 was a 1.4 percent increase from April 2017 and a 3.3 percent from May 2016.

DOT Transportation Index Fell in March

May 16, 2016

This past March was a good one for air freight, but not much else in the transportation field, the U.S. Department of Transportation found.

The department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said its combined Transportation Services Index was 121.3, down 0.5 percent from February’s level and 0.9 percent from March 2015’s figure.

US DOTThe index measures the monthly output of rail, trucking, inland waterway, pipeline and air freight service providers.

March’s Freight TSI of 120.0 fell 0.9 percent on a month-over-month basis and 2.4 percent on a year-over-year basis.

The Freight TSI’s March drop showed declines in all areas except air freight, which rebounded after a significant decline in February.

“The decrease was driven by continued weakness in the mining (including oil and gas well drilling, and servicing), utility and manufacturing sectors of the economy,” the bureau said in a news release.

The March’s Passenger TSI of 124.0 increased 0.4 percent from February’s level and 2.6 percent from March 2015’s mark. The index measures the monthly output of air, local transit and intercity rail service providers.

In the first quarter, the TSI decreased 0.8 percent, Freight TSI declined 1.2 percent and Passenger TSI dipped 0.2 percent from their levels set at 2015’s end.