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NAFTA Freight Flows Fall in September

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The value of monthly freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners totaled $94.4 billion in September, down 3.1 percent from August but up 3.6 percent from a year earlier, according to Department of Transportation statistics.

The value of total U.S. trade with Canada fell 2.0 percent from August to $48.5 billion but was up 5.0 percent from a year earlier. U.S. trade with Mexico was valued at $45.9 billion in September, down 4.2 percent from August but up 2.1 percent from September 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 fell to second place with respect to U.S.-Mexico trade behind 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 September 2016 to September 2017 are as follows.

 

Total

Canada

Mexico

 

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Truck

+3.0

+2.9

+0.8

+5.0

+4.6

+0.5

Rail

-6.2

+2.2

-2.4

+12.0

-10.4

-8.1

Vessel

+27.2

+29.9

+49.9

+56.4

+15.2

+22.8

Air

-4.1

-2.7

-6.9

-3.6

+0.2

-1.3

Pipeline

+10.2

+5.1

+10.3

+15.5

-22.3

-15.6

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