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NAFTA Freight Flows Down Slightly in December

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners edged down 0.5 percent from November to December to $95.8 billion, according to statistics released Feb. 26 by the Department of Transportation. However, the value of total U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico was up 5.4 percent from December 2013. Four out of five modes carried more freight than a year before, but the value of trade by vessel plummeted due to the reduced price of mineral fuels.

Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows by mode of transportation from December 2013 to December 2014 include the following.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+13.0

+5.8

+8.9

+2.5

+16.3

+10.4

Rail

+9.1

+6.8

+8.5

+7.3

+10.0

+6.2

Vessel

-22.3

-23.0

-16.3

-7.7

-25.5

-31.2

Pipeline

+2.8

+11.1

+2.8

+0.5

-11.0

+36.8

Air

+10.9

+3.2

+4.2

-5.3

+21.4

+23.1

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