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There is a nostalgic romanticism attached to railroads, given their status as the first continental mass transit system for passengers and freight. But in the 21st century, rail transport is still a popular option for international trade. Standard gauge and broad gauge rail systems interconnect major cities throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and parts of Africa. While rail transport lacks the route flexibility and door-to-door convenience of trucks, it remains a thriving industry due to cost efficiency benefits, and its environmental friendliness compared to other transport options. More than 40% of freight within the U.S. is moved by railroads.

Infrastructure investments facilitate shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.

WATCH: Building a 21st Century Multimodal Freight Network

Panel Discusses Infrastructure Investments for International Trade

As part of Infrastructure Week activities, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) convened a panel discussion in Washington last week to discuss the importance of building a modern multimodal freight network to facilitate international trade. The panel was moderated by Molly Campbell,… Read More

Extra charges can accumulate on shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.



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