Canada-U.S. Freight Flows Relatively Unchanged in March

U.S.-NAFTA Freight by Mode, March 2013 SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, TransBorder Freight Data (Dotted area indicates surface transport)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trucks carried 55.1 percent of the $54.3 billion of freight from the United States to Canada in March — almost the same amount as in February — according to new data from the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Michigan led all states with $6.5 billion in freight to and from Canada in March. Washington had the largest year-to-year percentage increase of shipments with Canada at 25.6 percent; meanwhile Illinois had the largest decrease at 16 percent.

Between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, trucks carried 60 percent of the $95.6 billion of freight for March.

The value of goods moving between the U.S. and NAFTA partners dropped 4.0 percent from March 2012, but is up 63.7 percent since March 2009.

Trucks are still the most heavily used mode of transportation between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, making up $29.6 billion in exports and $27.7 billion in imports.

Freight across the U.S. border is up 9.7 percent, however, the report mentions that this change could be because February is a shorter month.

To read the full report, visit the BTS’ website.

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