Trucks carry 59.9% of trans-border freight in November

January 29, 2014


Trucks carried 59.9 percent of the $96.1 billion of freight moved in November between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, according to data released Wednesday from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

The data show that trucks carried 54.9 percent of the $52.8 billion of freight between Canada and the U.S., while 66.1 percent of the $43.3 billion of freight between Mexico and the U.S. was transported by trucks.

Other freight flows with Canada included 17.0 percent by rail, 11.5 percent by pipelines, 5.5 percent by vessel and 4.7 percent by air.

Total surface transportation carried 83.4 percent of all freight between the U.S. and Canada.

Freight flows with Mexico included 14.3 percent by rail, 13.3 percent by vessel, 3.1 percent by air and 0.7 percent by pipeline.

Total surface transportation carried 81.1 percent of total freight between the U.S. and Mexico.

The value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners via surface transportation increased by 1.3 percent over November 2012.

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