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NAFTA Freight Flow Values Rebound in March

Friday, May 29, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners jumped 12.1 percent from February to March to $96.1 billion, according to statistics released May 28 by the Department of Transportation. However, the value of total U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico dropped 5.3 percent from March 2014. Three out of five modes (air, rail and truck) carried more freight by value than a year before, but the values of trade by pipeline and vessel were both down sharply due to the reduced unit price of mineral fuel shipments.

Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows by mode of transportation from March 2014 to March 2015 include the following.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+2.8

-0.9

-1.3

-4.9

+5.9

+4.6

Rail

+6.0

-6.2

+2.6

-12.4

+11.1

+1.8

Vessel

-31.4

-28.9

-25.6

-26.5

-34.6

-30.1

Pipeline

-41.0

-44.2

-41.0

-48.9

-53.1

-31.3

Air

-6.0

+14.9

-9.7

+8.1

0

+29.8

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