September surface trade with Canada, Mexico up 5.5% from last year

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Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 5.5 percent higher in September 2007 than in September 2006, reaching $66.8 billion, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, Nov. 29.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico fell 3.5 percent in September from August. Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. About 90 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moves on land.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in September was up 45.8 percent compared to September 2002, and up 78.4 percent compared to September 1997, a period of 10 years. Imports in September were up 88.8 percent compared to September 1997, while exports were up 66.6 percent.

U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $42.7 billion in September, up 5.6 percent compared to September 2006. The value of imports carried by truck was 0.5 percent lower in September 2007 than September 2006, while the value of exports carried by truck was 8.5 percent higher. Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in September with $6.6 billion.

U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $24.1 billion in September, up 5.4 percent compared to September 2006. The value of imports carried by truck was 5.6 percent higher in September 2007 than September 2006, while the value of exports carried by truck was 0.8 percent lower. Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in September with $7.5 billion.