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NAFTA Freight Flows See Significant Drop in April

Monday, June 26, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners totaled $91.1 billion in April, down 9.2 percent from March but up 0.8 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics. The year-on-year increase was the sixth consecutive month of such gains after more than a year of losses.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 8.2 percent from March to April to $47.0 billion but was up 2.5 percent from a year earlier. The value of U.S. trade with Mexico dropped 10.4 percent to $44.0 billion from the previous month and was down 1.0 percent from March 2016.

Vehicles and parts retained their position as the top commodity category for all modes transported between the U.S. and Canada and between the U.S. and Mexico.

Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows with Canada and Mexico by mode of transportation from April 2016 to April 2017 are as follows.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

-6.1

-4.9

-3.0

-2.7

-8.2

-7.3

Rail

+13.0

-5.6

+9.7

+0.5

+17.6

-12.2

Vessel

+37.1

+17.7

+22.0

-4.5

+48.2

+23.6

Air

-4.7

-0.1

-9.4

-5.7

+2.6

+11.1

Pipeline

+68.5

+48.6

+69.5

+57.7

-44.4

+25.2

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