Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monthly Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Up Again

(World Trade Interactive)

The Department of Transportation reports that U.S. surface transportation trade in goods with NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico rose 4.6% from May to June. The $69.9 billion total for June represented a 37.6% jump from a year earlier. Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline and in June accounted for about 87% of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico.

Surface trade between the U.S. and Canada totaled $42.0 billion in June, up $1.8 billion from May and 35.5% higher than a year earlier. Exports by truck increased 34.2% by value from the previous year while imports by truck rose 35.8%. U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $27.8 billion, up $1.2 billion from the previous month and 41.0% from June 2009. Exports by truck rose 34.5% by value from a year before while imports by truck increased 37.9%.

According to the DOT, the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in June was up 17.5% compared to June 2005 and 38.0% from June 2000, including a 43.4% jump for exports and a 33.7% gain for imports.