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NAFTA Freight Flows See Increase in May

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners totaled $107.3 billion in May, up 4.4 percent from April and 9.2 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada rose 5.6 percent from April to $55.1 billion and was up 7.7 percent from a year earlier. U.S. trade with Mexico was valued at $52.1 billion in May, up 3.2 percent from April and 10.8 percent from May 2017.

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 May 2017 to May 2018 are as follows.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+10.2

+7.5

+3.8

+5.2

+14.9

+10.2

Rail

-3.2

+7.7

+7.9

+0.5

-16.2

+17.3

Vessel

+18.4

+45.0

+46.4

+94.9

+4.0

+26.7

Air

+6.8

+12.4

+8.8

+10.7

+3.5

+15.5

Pipeline

+14.6

+9.1

+14.6

-1.9

-12.5

+47.3

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