N.A. surface trade climbs 11.5% in January

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trade using surface transportation between Canada, the US and Mexico was 11.5% higher in January than in January 2011, totalling $75.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the US Department of Transportation.

BTS reported that the January value of US surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico rose 15.9% from January 2008, which was one month after the start of the recession, and 59.2% from January 2009, in the middle of the recession.

The value of US surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in January increased by 82.8% compared to January 2002. Imports in January were up 72.7% since January 2002, while exports were up 96.5%.

The value of US surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico increased 1.8% in January from December.

US-Canada surface transportation trade increased by 9.6% in January compared to January 2011, reaching $44.1 billion.

In January trade by state, Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada as it has in previous years, at $5.6 billion, a 14.0% increase from January 2011. Of the top 10 states by value, Illinois had the largest percentage increase over January 2011, at 26.2%. About half of the $5.0 billion in Illinois-Canada trade was in the importation of oil and gas via pipeline. The top commodity category transported between the US and Canada by surface modes of transportation in January was oil and gas, valued at $8.3 billion. Most of this trade, $7.3 billion, consisted of US imports from Canada, including $6.7 billion of oil and gas imports via pipeline. US imports of oil and gas from Canada via all surface modes peaked in July 2008 at $9.5 billion. 

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