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Trucks, pipelines carry more February NAFTA trade than same month of 2013

While trade by trucking rose 2.6 percent, trade using other modes declined 0.6 percent from year to year. Air declined 3.1 percent, rail declined 2.5 percent and vessel declined 0.3 percent.

The Trucker News Services

4/24/2014

WASHINGTON — Two of five transportation modes – trucks and pipelines – carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in February 2014 than in February 2013, according to the TransBorder freight data released today by the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Trade using trucks grew the most of any mode, 2.6 percent, as the value of overall U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico rose 1.3 percent year-over-year.

While trade by trucking rose 2.6 percent, trade using other modes declined 0.6 percent from year to year. Air declined 3.1 percent, rail declined 2.5 percent and vessel declined 0.3 percent. Pipeline rose 0.1 percent.

Trucking carries nearly 60 percent of U.S.-NAFTA trade and is the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks carried 59.8 percent of the $89.6 billion of U.S.-NAFTA trade in February 2014, accounting for $27.8 billion of exports and $25.8 billion of imports.

The value of freight carried by rail decreased from year to year but rail was still the second largest mode, at 14.7 percent, followed by vessel at 9.6 percent, pipeline at 7.6 percent and air at 3.5 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.2 percent of the total NAFTA freight flows.

Trucks carried 54.4 percent of the $48.9 billion of freight to and from Canada, followed by rail at 15.6 percent, pipeline at 13.2 percent, vessel at 6.2 percent and air at 4.2 percent. The surface transportation modes of trucking, rails and pipeline carried 83.1 percent of the total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

Trucks carried 66.4 percent of the $40.7 billion of freight to and from Mexico, followed by vessels at 13.7 percent, rail at 13.7 percent, air at 2.7 percent and pipelines at 0.9 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 81.0 percent of the total U.S.-Mexico freight flows.

In February 2014, the top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada was mineral fuels, of which $6.4 billion, or 56.3 percent, moved by pipeline. The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Mexico in February 2014 was electrical machinery, of which $6.3 billion, or 91.4 percent, moved by truck.

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