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NAFTA Freight Flow Values Stagnant in April, Down from Previous Year

Monday, June 27, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners was virtually unchanged from March to April, edging down 0.1 percent to $90.4 billion, according to statistics released June 23 by the Department of Transportation. However, the value of NAFTA freight flows was down 3.2 percent from a year earlier.

Month-to-Month Changes. Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows by mode of transportation from March to April include the following.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

0

-1.6

-4.0

-1.8

+2.8

-0.7

Rail

-5.0

+10.2

-4.4

+6.4

-5.9

+14.5

Vessel

+18.7

+3.6

+28.4

+63.7

+12.4

-5.5

Air

-3.1

-8.8

-2.1

-6.9

-4.8

-12.3

Pipeline

+0.8

+5.5

+0.7

+7.1

+17.6

+1.7

Year-on-Year Changes. The value of total U.S. trade with Canada was down 6.0 percent from April 2015 as all modes of transportation carried a lower value of freight than a year earlier. The value of U.S. trade with Mexico dipped 0.1 percent as all modes except truck carried a lower value of freight. Vehicles and parts retained their spot as the top commodity category for all modes transported between the U.S. and Canada, while computers and parts took the top spot in U.S.-Mexico trade from electrical machinery.

Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows by mode of transportation from April 2015 to April 2016 include the following.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+5.1

-3.6

+3.0

-4.9

+6.5

-2.0

Rail

-8.2

+5.5

-10.0

+5.2

-5.6

+5.8

Vessel

-26.8

-26.0

-30.4

-62.6

-24.0

-0.2

Air

+3.7

-18.8

+2.0

-4.6

+6.5

-37.5

Pipeline

-36.4

-4.7

-36.6

+5.5

+23.1

-23.8

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