U.S. NAFTA freight totaled $99.8 billion in June as trucking along with the four other transportation modes carried more freight by value with partners Canada and Mexico compared with last year, the federal government reported today.
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported a 7.7 percent rise from June 2016, making the eighth consecutive month the year-over-year value in current dollars of U.S.-NAFTA freight increased compared with the same month the previous year.
Trucks carried 63.4 percent of NAFTA freight, making it still the most heavily utilized mode.
Trucks transported $32.2 billion or 60.6 percent, of imports and $31.0 billion or 66.6 percent, of exports.
Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.5 percent of NAFTA freight.
By value, pipeline increased 26.3 percent, while vessel increased by 14.5 percent, rail by 9.8 percent, truck increased 4.4 percent and air 1.9 percent.
U.S.-to-Canada freight increased by 6 percent year-over-year to $51 billion, with trucks carrying 58.3 percent.
Trucks moved 68.8 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico and year-over-year, U.S.-Mexico freight increased by 9.4 percent. Truck freight saw a 6.3 percent increase from 2016.
Vehicles and parts accounted for $5.7 billion in freight transported to and from the U.S. and Canada, with $5.7 billion or 56.1 percent of it moved by truck, compared with $4.1 billion or 40.9 percent, moved by rail.
Vehicles and parts also were also the top commodities delivered to and from Mexico, with the majority — 45.4 percent or $4.1 billion — moved by truck and 43.7 percent or $4 billion, moved by rail.