Value of U.S.-Canada shipments hit highest y-y level on record

WASHINGTON — Freight shipments from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico rose to their highest level ever last year, according to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The value of U.S. shipments to its neighboring countries in 2006 rose to a record $866 billion from $790 billion in 2005 — a 9.7 percent increase.

The value of shipments moved by truck alone rose to $534 billion in 2006, up about $43 billion from 2005 — the largest year-over-year increased for any single mode of transportation.

Trucks carried about 62 percent of the total amount of freight. Railroads moved about 15 percent.

As usual, the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing by road in 2006 was Detroit-Windsor, through which about $115 billion worth of freight passed.

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