Trans-border freight rises 1.3% in February

April 25, 2014


The amount of freight carried between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, was up 1.3 percent year over year in February, according to data released Thursday from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

The data show that freight moving between the U.S. and Canada remained unchanged since February 2013, while trade between the U.S. and Mexico was up 2.8 percent in the same time period.

Trucks carried 59.8 percent of the $89.6 billion of freight moved in February between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners, while rail carried 14.7 percent, vessels carried 9.6 percent, pipeline carried 7.6 percent and air carried 3.5 percent.

According to the data, trucks carried 54.4 percent of the $48.9 billion of freight between Canada and the U.S., while 66.4 percent of the $40.7 billion of freight between Mexico and the U.S. was transported by trucks.

Other freight flows with Canada included 15.6 percent by rail, 13.2 percent by pipeline, 6.2 percent by vessel and 4.2 percent by air. Total surface transportation carried 83.1 percent of all freight between the U.S. and Canada.

Freight flows with Mexico included 13.7 percent by vessel, 13.7 percent by rail, 2.7 percent by air and 0.9 percent by pipeline. Total surface transportation carried 81.0 percent of total freight between the U.S. and Mexico.

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