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NAFTA Monthly Freight Flow Values See Rare Gain

Friday, February 24, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners was up 0.4 percent in December from a year earlier, the third year-on-year gain in the last five months but only the fourth such increase in the last two years. The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 1.2 percent to $44.5 billion as the truck, rail, and vessel modes carried a lower value of freight. The value of U.S. trade with Mexico rose 2.1 percent to $42.6 billion on higher values in the rail, pipeline, and vessel modes.

Total freight flow values in December totaled $87.1 billion, down 4.4 percent from November.

Vehicles and parts retained their spot as the top commodity category for all modes transported between the U.S. and Canada in December while electrical machinery stayed in the top spot in U.S.-Mexico trade.

Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows with Canada and Mexico by mode of transportation from December 2015 to December 2016 include the following.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

-2.2

-1.9

-1.3

-2.8

-2.8

-0.8

Rail

+0.2

+2.3

-8.3

+2.4

+12.2

+2.1

Vessel

+2.8

+1.1

+2.0

-47.9

+3.3

+25.1

Air

+5.9

-6.1

+1.1

+1.1

+13.9

-15.8

Pipeline

+24.3

+65.1

+24.7

+60.0

-29.5

+75.7

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