Surface trade up 12.1% in April

Surface transportation trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 12.1 percent to $73.8 billion in April compared with April 2010, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BTS reported the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in April remained 0.7 percent below April 2008.

U.S.-Canada trade in April increased 11.9 percent to $44.6 billion, while U.S.-Mexico trade rose 12.4 percent to $29.1 billion.

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. In April, 84.7 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land.