The U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners transported $100.6 billion worth of freight in November 2017, more than was recorded for the same month in 2016.
That’s because trucks, trains, planes and the two other transport modes moved more freight by value —10.5 percent more — in November, according to trans-border freight data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That makes the 13th consecutive month in which the year-over-year value of NAFTA freight increased from the same month the previous year.
Trucks carried 63.1 percent of U.S. NAFTA freight and continued to be the most-used transport mode to and from U.S. and NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico.
Trucks accounted for $32.8 billion of the $53.8 billion in imports (61.1 percent) and $30.6 billion of exports (65.4 percent).
Rail moved the second-largest mode by value with 14.5 percent of all U.S. NAFTA freight followed by vessel with 7.8 percent and air at 3.9 percent. The surface transport modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried a total of 82.9 percent.
U.S. and Canada trade increased in November 2017 from the year prior by 11.2 percent to $51.3 billion after the value of freight increased across all five major modes. Trucks carried 57.5 percent of the value of freight to and from Canada.
The value of freight carried to and from Mexico by trucks was 68.9 percent.
The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada in November was vehicles and parts, of which $5.5 billion or 57.5 percent, was moved by truck.
The top commodity category transported to and from Mexico was electrical machinery, of which 8.6 billion or 91.4 percent, moved by truck.