NAFTA surface transportation trade increases in January

Total North American surface transportation trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico rose 2.7 percent in January from December.

Trade using surface transportation totaled $60.6 billion in January 2007, 0.9 percent less than in January 2006, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail, and pipeline. About 90 percent of United States trade by value with Canada and Mexico moves on land.

Total North American surface transportation trade value in January was up 46.8 percent compared to January 2002, and up 86.3 percent compared to January 1997, a period of 10 years. Imports in January were up 97.9 percent compared to January 1997, while exports were up 72.5 percent. US-Canada trade

United States-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $38.7 billion in January, down 3.2 percent compared to January 2006. The value of imports carried by truck was 0.1 percent higher in January 2007 than January 2006, while the value of exports carried by truck was 0.9 percent higher. Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in January with $5.3 billion. US-Mexico trade

United States - Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $21.9 billion in January, up 3.5 percent compared to January 2006. The value of imports carried by truck was 10.2 percent higher in January 2007 than January 2006 while the value of exports carried by truck was 0.9 percent higher. Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in January with $6.9 billion.

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