Trade And The UP

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Gilbert B Norman
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Trade And The UP

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:55 pm

Today's New York Times has an article addressing the impact of and trade initiatives made or considered by the Trump administration: ... cific.html" onclick=";return false;

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If North America were a factory, Union Pacific would be its biggest conveyor belt.

Based in Omaha, the company operates the largest rail network on the continent, a conduit that provides us with cereal, lumber, car parts and pretty much everything that touches our lives. That makes the railroad a real-time barometer of the fluctuations in global trade — a physical manifestation of how President Trump’s agenda to remake the rules of commerce will play out.

Roughly 40 percent of the goods that Union Pacific moves touch an international border at some point in their journey, putting the railroad at the center of the global tensions that have arisen as the administration prepares to impose tariffs on goods from China and steel and aluminum from around the world. Seventy percent of rail freight between the United States and Mexico travels on Union Pacific trains, meaning the outcome of the tense renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement will shape the company’s future.
Emphasis is of course directed at the NAFTA Agreements and, should the Administration seek to modify such and the impact on UP.

Not mentioned is the impact same will have upon KCS, which being a smaller road and considering it's stake in the former NdeM that is now branded KCSM. The UP has a significant interest in the former SP-M lines branded Ferromex.

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Re: Trade And The UP

Post by Backshophoss » Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:33 pm

UP interchanges at several points at the Mexican border,Largest is Laredo Tx(also with KCS),Brownville Tx,El Paso Tx,(with BNSF)Eagle Pass Tx,
Del Rio Tx,Nogales Az,and Calexico Ca.
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Re: Trade And The UP

Post by 57A26 » Thu May 24, 2018 12:52 am

What Fritz is worried about is production moving back to the US. Factories would most likely be closer to consumers and goods would mostly move by truck. For UP, if it isn't unit train/intermodal type business and/or moving less than 750 miles-they aren't interested. They've had numerous opportunities over the past few years for business that they've turned down in my area. Some of which wouldn't have required running more trains or using more people. Then they have the gall to ask employees to submit any opportunities for new business.

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