Mexican rail association AMF has called on the federal government to guarantee the free transit of cargo in the freight rail sector in the western state of Michoacán, in light of frequent protests blocking the rails.

Over the last month there have been 20 instances of train tracks being blocked, affecting the transit of 100 freight trains and holding up cargo from national oil firm Pemex, as well as the food, auto, steel and cement industries, the association said in a release on Monday.

The protests have been carried out by teachers unions and have mainly affected rail operator Kansas City Southern de México, an AMF spokesperson told BNamericas.

Last year the freight rail industry transported 119Mt of cargo, according to transport and communications ministry (SCT) deputy secretary Yuriria Mascott Pérez.


Source: BNamericas