From the car you drive to the food you eat, American life is made possible by domestic and international trade.
This trade depends on manufacturing and creating goods and services, transporting them to market and then selling them via various retail means — in person or electronically. By linking businesses to each other here and abroad, freight railroads play a crucial role in America’s economic development and modern way of life.
Freight Rail Policy Stance: Freight railroads support free and fair trade. International trade, facilitated largely through free trade agreements, has benefited the U.S. economy. American businesses and major rail shippers — including automobile makers, energy producers, agricultural growers and even beer makers — need the certainty and benefits of tariff-free trade across North America to keep delivering for the American people. Railroads oppose policies that restrict access to global markets, including the application of tariffs that impose additional costs to rail shippers and industry business operations. When U.S. companies — such as freight rail customers — have access to global markets, businesses and customers, Americans gain access to a greater variety of goods at a lower cost.