Trucks transport 60.6 percent of trans-border freight in April

| Published on June 28, 2013

Trucks transported the most freight, compared to other modes of transportation.

Trucks transported the most freight, compared to other modes of transportation.

Trucks carried 60.6 percent of the $99.0 billion of freight moved in April between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, according to data released from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

The data show that trucks carried 55.2 percent of the $54.7 billion of freight between Canada and the U.S., while 67.3 percent of the $44.2 billion of freight between Mexico and the U.S. was transported by trucks.

Other freight flows with Canada included 17.2 percent by rail, 11.7 percent by pipeline, 6 percent by vessel, and 4.6 percent by air. Surface transportation carried 84 percent of all freight between the U.S. and Canada.

Freight flows with Mexico included 12.6 percent by rail, 13.2 percent by vessel, 2.8 percent by air and 0.8 percent by pipeline. Surface transportation carried 80.7 percent of total freight between the U.S. and Mexico.

The value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners increased 7.4 percent over April 2012.

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