Which Country Transports the Most Freight by Railways?

Railways Transport Freight (mil tonne-km) (mil tonne-km), 2017 or latest
Transport | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 54 countries in 2017, Russia ranked the highest in railways transport freight measured by mil tonne-km with 2,491,876 mil tonne-km followed by USA and China. On the other end of the scale was Ireland with 96.0 mil tonne-km, Sri Lanka with 127 mil tonne-km and Tajikistan with 165 mil tonne-km.

Data for more countries are available at Railways Transport Freight (mil tonne-km) indicator page.

Railways Transport Freight (mil tonne-km) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Belarus mil tonne-km 49,414 48,475 43,818 44,997 40,785
Canada mil tonne-km ... ... 254,069 352,535 352,535 557,689 540,141 ... ...
China mil tonne-km 2,562,635 2,518,310 2,473,477 2,308,669 1,980,061
France mil tonne-km 26,839 24,985 24,032 24,598 33,116 ... ...
Germany mil tonne-km 111,980 78,542 75,247 74,818 72,913
India mil tonne-km 625,723 667,607 649,645 665,810 681,696
Iran mil tonne-km 21,008 22,604 22,400 24,461 25,014
Japan mil tonne-km 19,852 20,471 21,070 21,028 21,519 ...
Kazakhstan mil tonne-km 223,584 235,846 231,248 216,524 189,759
Mexico mil tonne-km ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 69,185 69,185 69,185 70,987 73,879 ... ...
Poland mil tonne-km 37,189 32,904 33,256 32,017 28,720 ... ...
Russia mil tonne-km 2,127,835 2,222,388 2,172,685 2,298,564 2,304,759
USA mil tonne-km 2,524,585 2,500,300 2,541,354 2,702,736 2,547,253
Ukraine mil tonne-km 243,866 237,722 224,434 211,233 195,054
Uzbekistan mil tonne-km ... 22,482 22,686 22,482 22,932 22,935