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NAFTA Freight Flows Stagnant in November

Monday, January 29, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners totaled $100.6 billion in November, virtually unchanged from October but up 10.5 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada rose 1.6 percent from October to $51.3 billion and was up 11.2 percent from a year earlier. U.S. trade with Mexico was valued at $49.4 billion in November, down 3.0 percent from October but up 9.7 percent from October 2016.

Vehicles and parts retained their position as the top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada across all modes of transportation but lost the top spot with respect to U.S.-Mexico trade to 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 November 2016 to November 2017 are as follows.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+7.1

+9.2

+5.6

+10.9

+8.1

+7.4

Rail

+1.0

+11.6

+5.2

+22.2

-4.4

+2.4

Vessel

+31.7

+60.7

+41.0

+85.4

+27.0

+52.5

Air

+6.5

+15.4

+6.6

+17.1

+6.4

+12.4

Pipeline

+21.1

-28.2

+13.3

+3.4

+17.1

+0.3

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