NAFTA truck trade edges up from ’06

WASHINGTON — Imports to the U.S. from its NAFTA trade partners rose 3.4 percent in May from the year before, while truck exports gained 2.7 percent to $23.5 billion.

Total surface trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico jumped 5.2 percent in May — reaching $69.4 billion — according to the Department of Transportation.

Surface transportation consists of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline — making up about 90 percent of U.S. trade among NAFTA partners.

Rail imports rose 5.7 percent to $7.9 billion, while exports jumped 14.4 percent.

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