|  Christine Marie Nielsen

New Tax Law May Encourage International Freight Movement; NAFTA a Wildcard

U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) figures indicate rail freight car movement to Mexico and Canada has been on the upswing. Energy transportation industry participants tell Energy Transport Insider that elements included In the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 could propel this activity even more, although the results of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks remain a wildcard.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) at the US DOT, both the value of U.S.-to-Mexico freight flows by rail and value of U.S- to-Canada freight flows by rail increased from January 2016 to January 2017.

A main driver of this growth has been globalization and increasing demand...

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