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NAFTA Freight Flow Values Slide in April

Monday, June 29, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners fell 2.9 percent from March to April to $93.3 billion, according to statistics released June 25 by the Department of Transportation. The value of total U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico was also down 6.8 percent from April 2014. All modes of transportation but air carried less freight in April than a year earlier, and large decreases in the values of NAFTA trade by pipeline and vessel were 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 April 2014 to April 2015 include the following.

Total

Canada

Mexico

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+0.1

-1.8

-7.8

-5.7

+6.3

+3.2

Rail

+2.6

-6.5

-2.1

-13.9

+10.1

+3.0

Vessel

-30.3

-12.4

-3.2

-4.0

-43.1

-17.4

Pipeline

-43.7

-49.6

-43.8

-57.6

+11.4

-22.0

Air

-12.2

+14.8

-7.2

-3.6

-19.2

+53.4

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