Year-to-year NAFTA surface trade up 18.1% in July

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Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 18.1 percent higher in July than in July 2010, totaling $72.4 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The month-to-month value, which can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors, decreased 6.7 percent in July from June.

The value rose 40.4 percent in two years from July 2009, but still has risen only 1.0 percent above the level of July 2008. The value increased by 29.4 percent when compared to July 2006, and also increased by 77.1 percent when compared to July 2001. Imports were up 60.7 percent since July 2001, while exports were up 100.8 percent.

U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade both increased compared to July 2010, with U.S.-Canada reaching $42.5 billion, a 17.0 percent increase, and U.S.-Mexico reaching $29.9 billion, a 19.7 percent increase. Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada, at $4.5 billion, a 27.7 percent increase from July 2010. Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico at $10.7 billion, a 16.3 percent increase from July 2010.

The TransBorder Freight Data are a 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 includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones and other modes. In July, 85.2 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 10.8 percent moved by vessel, and 4.1 percent moved by air.