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Railroad Industry Advocates For NAFTA’s Preservation & Modernization
Trade Agreement Linked To 50,000 Jobs & More Than $5.5 Billion In Revenue  

International Trade Through Agreements Such As NAFTA Has Bolstered The U.S. Rail Industry:

More Than 35 Percent Of Annual U.S. Rail Revenue Is Directly Linked To International Trade. (“Freight Railroads & International Trade,” Association Of American Railroads, 3/17)

International Trade Accounts For 42 Percent Of The Carloads And Intermodal Containers That U.S. Railroads Carry. (“Freight Railroads & International Trade,” Association Of American Railroads, 3/17)

Approximately 50,000 Rail Jobs, Worth More Than $5.5 Billion In Wages And Benefits, Depend Directly On International Trade. (“Freight Railroads & International Trade,” Association Of American Railroads, 3/17)

Rail Leaders Have Praised NAFTA’s Positive Impacts On Their Industry:

Joint Letter From The Association Of American Railroads, And Its Mexican And Canadian Counterparts To NAFTA Negotiators: “Economic Growth Tied To NAFTA Has Allowed Railways To Invest Tens Of Billions Of Dollars Into Their Infrastructure While Improving Productivity And Customer Service, And Fostering Innovation.  Collectively, These Improvements Have Enabled Railways To Maintain The Low Rates That Are Required To Provide Shippers With Access To Global Supply Chains And Support Their Success.” (Association Of American Railroads, “U.S. Freight Rail Industry Partners With Canadian And Mexico Counterparts To Urge Successful NAFTA 2.0 Negotiations,” Press Release, 1/22/18)

Association Of American Railroads President And CEO Edward Hamberger: “In 2018, [Continued Economic Growth] Starts With Maintaining The Benefits Of NAFTA, Which For Railroads Accounts For A Large Portion Of The Rail Industry’s Business … While Almost All Observers Agree That NAFTA Must Be Modernized, It Should Not Be Abandoned Altogether.” (Edward R. Hamberger, “Opinion: Railroads Stand With Farmers On NAFTA,” Agri-Pulse, 1/4/18)

  • Hamberger: “The NAFTA Framework Has Facilitated An Integrated Economy Where A Continental Railways Network Is Essential For The Transportation And Flow Of Goods Across North America … The Prosperity Of Our Freight Rail Industry Is A NAFTA Success Story.” (Gerald Gauthier & Edward Hamberger, “Preserving NAFTA Is Critical To Protecting Modern Supply Chains,” The Hill, 1/28/18)
  • Hamberger: “The Railroad Industry Stands United With Missouri And Its Trade-Dependent Economy To Preserve The Benefits Of NAFTA.” (Edward R. Hamberger, “Sens. Blunt And McCaskill Are Right: Missouri’s Economy Needs A Modernized NAFTA,” The Kansas City Star, 2/1/18)

Kansas City Southern CEO Pat Ottensmeyer: “You Won’t Talk To A Single Farmer Who Is Against NAFTA.” (Eric M. Johnson, “Major U.S. Railroads Warn Trump Against Derailing NAFTA,” Reuters, 1/17/18)

Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz: “I Think That The Impact Of The U.S. Pulling Out Of NAFTA Would Be Disastrous.” (Nick Carey, “Union Pacific CEO: NAFTA Withdrawal Impact Would Be ‘Disastrous,’” Reuters, 10/26/17)

Union Pacific Corp Chief Marketing Officer Beth Whited: “It’s Certainly Out of Date; It’s Old, So Fix The Things That Need To Be Fixed But To Wholesale Walk Away From It Doesn’t Make A Lot Of Sense To Us.” (Eric M. Johnson, “Major U.S. Railroads Warn Trump Against Derailing NAFTA,” Reuters, 1/17/18)

  • Whited: “NAFTA Is A Job Creator. Union Pacific Jobs Are American Jobs.” (Eric M. Johnson, “Major U.S. Railroads Warn Trump Against Derailing NAFTA,” Reuters, 1/17/18)

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