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NAFTA Monthly Freight Flow Values Rebound

Friday, October 28, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners jumped 11.2 percent from July to August to $93.1 billion, according to statistics released Oct. 27 by the Department of Transportation.

The value of NAFTA freight flows was up 0.7 percent in August from a year earlier. The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 1.4 percent from August 2015 even though the truck, rail, and air modes of transportation carried higher values of freight. The value of U.S. trade with Mexico rose 3.0 percent as the truck, air, and pipeline modes all carried higher values.

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

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

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+5.2

+1.7

+4.8

-1.5

+5.4

+5.4

Rail

-5.3

+9.7

-5.0

+19.6

-5.8

-0.1

Vessel

-10.0

-15.0

-11.7

-39.0

-8.9

-0.8

Air

+11.2

+0.2

+13.0

+4.2

+8.5

-6.6

Pipeline

-12.7

+34.3

-12.6

+24.7

-31.5

+49.8

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