NAFTA surface trade rises in January

| March 29, 2011

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico rose 19.5 percent in January over January 2010 to $67.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BTS reported freight value in January rose 1.8 percent from December. Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

U.S.–Canada surface transportation trade totaled $40.3 billion in January, up 17.8 percent from January 2010. U.S.–Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $27.5 billion in January, up 22.1 percent from a year earlier.

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail and Foreign Trade Zones. In January, 85.1 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land.

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