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NAFTA Freight Flows Fall in December

Thursday, March 01, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners totaled $93.5 billion in December, down 7.1 percent from November but up 7.4 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 5.1 percent from November to $48.7 billion but was up 9.5 percent from a year earlier. U.S. trade with Mexico was valued at $44.8 billion in December, down 9.1 percent from November but up 5.2 percent from December 2016.

Mineral fuels moved past vehicles and parts as the top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada across all modes of transportation while vehicles and parts reclaimed the top spot with respect to U.S.-Mexico trade from electrical machinery.

Percentage changes in the value of monthly U.S. freight flows with Canada and Mexico, as well as with both NAFTA partners combined, by mode of transportation from December 2016 to December 2017 are as follows.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+5.8

+5.0

+4.1

+8.4

+7.0

+1.3

Rail

+2.3

+3.8

+14.0

+10.1

-4.8

-5.0

Vessel

+33.6

+42.0

+38.4

+113.9

+30.6

+27.4

Air

+10.3

-0.4

+8.0

+6.7

+13.7

-11.8

Pipeline

+14.4

+13.5

+14.5

+19.9

+1.7

+0.7

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