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NAFTA Monthly Freight Flow Values Fall in February

Friday, April 28, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners totaled $86.5 billion in February, down 1.7 percent from January but up 2.9 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics. The February year-on-year increase was the fourth straight month of such gains.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 1.2 percent from January to February to $44.4 billion but was up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. The value of U.S. trade with Mexico declined 2.2 percent to $42.1 billion but rose 1.5 percent from February 2016.

Vehicles and parts retained their position as the top commodity category for all modes transported between the U.S. and Canada in February and passed electrical machinery to take over 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 February 2016 to February 2017 are as follows.

Total

Canada

Mexico

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

-4.0

-3.1

-3.9

-0.8

-4.0

-5.6

Rail

+10.4

+0.6

+4.7

+9.6

+17.7

-8.4

Vessel

+36.3

+37.7

+25.8

-40.5

+42.9

+65.0

Air

-5.7

+1.7

-4.6

+0.9

-7.7

+3.0

Pipeline

+64.6

+67.1

+65.3

+91.1

-24.4

+12.1

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