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Moving Freight by Rail in the USA

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Moving freight by rail in the USA is one of the most common methods of freight transport in the country, and is a key contributing factor to the country’s economy. If you are considering moving freight in the US, here is a guide to help you.
There are several advantages to using rail freight in the US. In the first place, freight railroads are energy efficient and more environmental friendly than other modes of transport. They also reduce highway congestion because they can carry several truckloads of freight. Furthermore, it is recorded that using rail freight in the US is safer than other modes of transport. 

Moreover, freight railroads still play a major role in shaping the economy of the US and more than 42 percent of American freight is moved via railroad. Several import-export businesses throughout the country depend on rail freight in the US as dothe various markets offshore and work to contribute billions of dollars to the national economy. 

Freight in the US is moved via four varieties of railroads. The Class I category, which is just one percent of the industry, comprises 70 percent of the industry’s total mileage, employs almost 90% of the staff and contributes the same percent of its total revenue. The other three varieties are regional railroads, local line-haul carriers and switching and terminal carriers, which perform the tasks of pick up and delivery within specific areas for line-haul carriers.

Freight railroads are used to carry a wide range of commodities from coal to food, the most important freight being coal. Commodities moved by rail in the US would include agricultural products, industrial chemicals, fertilizers, non-metallic substances, food producs, steel and other metals, lumber, motor vehicles and even waste and scrap material. 

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