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NAFTA Monthly Freight Flow Values Fall for 20th Time in 21 Months

Thursday, December 01, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners fell 2.1 percent from August to September to $91.1 billion, according to statistics released Nov. 29 by the Department of Transportation.

The value of NAFTA freight flows was also down 2.3 percent in September from a year earlier, marking the 20th time in the past 21 months that this value has declined year-on-year. The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 4.4 percent to $46.2 billion as all modes of transportation except rail carried a lower value of freight. The value of U.S. trade with Mexico slipped 0.04 percent to $44.9 billion despite the pipeline, rail, air, and vessel modes all carrying higher values.

Vehicles and parts retained their spot as the top commodity category for all modes transported between the U.S. and Canada, while electrical machinery stayed in 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 September 2015 to September 2016 include the following.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

-5.1

-2.4

-3.9

-3.1

-5.8

-1.6

Rail

+7.8

+8.4

-0.2

+13.0

+18.3

+3.8

Vessel

-9.8

-3.6

-21.9

-40.4

-1.9

+15.5

Air

+2.7

+3.9

-3.5

+1.6

+14.3

+8.3

Pipeline

-10.1

+18.7

-10.1

+19.3

-15.5

+17.5

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