Trucks Moved 55% of U.S.-Canadian February Freight

The dotted sections represent ground transport, a whopping 82.1 percent of the total.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trucks moved nearly 55 percent of freight between the United States and Canada in February 2013, according to the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Of the $48.9 billion of goods moved between the two countries, other methods of transport such as rail followed at just 17 percent, with pipelines at 13.3 percent, while vessels and air trail behind at 5.3 and 4.4 percent, respectively. In total, surface transportation brought almost 85 percent of freight to Canada.

Trucks drove 59.1 percent of the $88.4 billion of freight moved in February 2013 between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico. This is down one percent from February 2012, but up almost 62 percent from February 2009, in the throws of the recession.

Michigan claims the top spot in goods transported to and from Canada with over $6 billion. Meanwhile, New York is the state with the biggest year-to-year percentage increase at 6.1 percent.

The top commodity transported between the U.S. and Canada in February was mineral fuels moved by pipeline. Of the $6.5 billion of fuel, $5.7 billion was exported to the States.

For more visit the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ website.

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