September 7, 2007
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 3.9 percent higher in June 2007 than in June 2006, reaching $69.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico rose 0.1 percent in June from May 2007. Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.
Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. About 90 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moves on land.
The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in June was up 50.6 percent compared to June 2002, and up 96.1 percent compared to June 1997, a period of 10 years. Imports in June were up 109.2 percent compared to June 1997, while exports were up 81.2 percent.
U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada
U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $45.0 billion in June, up 5.1 percent compared to June 2006. The value of imports carried by truck was 3.4 percent lower in June 2007 than June 2006, while the value of exports carried by truck was 1.2 percent higher.
Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in June with $6.8 billion.
U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico
U.S. - Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $24.5 billion in June, up 1.9 percent compared to June 2006. The value of imports carried by truck was 3.6 percent higher in June 2007 than June 2006 while the value of exports carried by truck was 5.9 percent lower.
Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in June with $7.3 billion.
The TransBorder Freight Data are a unique subset of official U.S. foreign trade statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. New data are tabulated monthly and historical data are not adjusted for inflation. June TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of August 14.
The news release and summary tables can be found at www.bts.gov. More information on TransBorder Freight Data and data from previous months are posted on the BTS website at http://www.bts.gov/transborder/. BTS will release July TransBorder numbers on September 27, 2007.
Roger Lotz, who works for the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, can be reached at (202) 366-2246.