September NAFTA trade up 19.3% 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 19.3 percent higher in September 2010 than in September 2009, reaching $68.3 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in September 2010 remained 4.8 percent below the September 2008 level despite the 2009-2010 increase.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico rose 0.5 percent in September 2010 from August 2010; month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in September was up 11.7 percent compared to September 2005, and up 38.9 percent compared to September 2000. Imports in September were up 30.6 percent compared to September 2000, while exports were up 49.9 percent.

U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $40.2 billion in September, up 15.7 percent compared to September 2009. The value of imports carried by truck was 10.7 percent higher in September 2010 compared to September 2009, while the value of exports carried by truck was 17.4 percent higher. Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in September with $5.4 billion.

U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $28.1 billion in September, up 24.8 percent compared to September 2009. The value of imports carried by truck was 23.3 percent higher in September 2010 compared to September 2009, while the value of exports carried by truck was 20.7 percent higher. Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in September with $10.2 billion. This is the second straight month in which Texas trade with Mexico by surface modes exceeded $10 billion.

The TransBorder Freight Data are a unique subset of official U.S. foreign trade statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. New data are tabulated monthly, and historical data are not adjusted for inflation. Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. In September, 86.9 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land.