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NAFTA trade ends 2011 with another big year-over-year gain

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones, and other. In December, 85.5 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 10.0 percent moved by vessel, and 4.5 percent moved by air.

The Trucker News Services

2/28/2012

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors Canada and Mexico was 11.6 percent higher in December 2011 than in December 2010, totaling $74.2 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The December value of U.S. surface transportation trade with the nation’s North American Free Trade Agreement partners decreased 3.2 percent from the month before. Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors, noted BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones, and other. In December, 85.5 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 10.0 percent moved by vessel, and 4.5 percent moved by air.

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NAFTA surface trade rose 27 percent in the past two years from December 2009, and 40.3 percent from December 2008.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in December increased by 25.7 percent when compared to December 2006, and also increased by 94.1 percent when compared to December 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in December were up 85.7 percent since December 2001, while exports were up 105.2 percent.

U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade both increased compared to December 2010 with U.S.-Canada reaching $44.2 billion, an 11.2 percent increase, and U.S.-Mexico reaching $30.0 billion, a 12.1 percent increase.

In December trade by state, Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada as it has in previous years, at $5.6 billion, a 19.7 percent increase from December 2010. Texas also continued to lead all states in surface trade with Mexico at $10.3 billion, an 8.7 percent increase from December 2010.

More information on TransBorder Freight Data, data from previous months, and individual state data are available online on the BTS website.  

BTS has scheduled release of January TransBorder numbers for March 27.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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