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NAFTA Freight Flows Increase in October

Monday, January 08, 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 October, up 6.6 percent from September and 7.9 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada rose 2.5 percent from September to $49.7 billion and was up 6.8 percent from a year earlier. U.S. trade with Mexico was valued at $50.8 billion in October, up 10.7 percent from September and 9.0 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 and regained the top spot with respect to U.S.-Mexico trade, surpassing 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 October 2016 to October 2017 are as follows.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+4.6

+7.0

-0.7

+3.2

+8.2

+11.1

Rail

-0.8

+11.6

+2.5

+17.2

-4.3

+5.9

Vessel

+54.1

+14.2

+109.4

+6.9

+28.7

+16.4

Air

+7.6

+5.0

+5.8

+11.2

+10.2

-4.2

Pipeline

+21.1

-28.2

+21.1

-32.2

+33.6

-19.5

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