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10/5/2006



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Surface transportation trade between U.S. and NAFTA partners reaches $55.9 billion in July


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Surface transportation trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico totaled $55.9 billion in July, a 12.6 percent increase compared with July 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The value of imported merchandise moving via rail totaled $6.1 billion, a 15.5 percent increase compared with July 2005 but a 23.2 percent decrease compared with June 2006. The value of railed exports totaled $2.8 billion, up 21.4 percent compared with July 2005 and down 14 percent compared with June.

July U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $35.2 billion, a 10.7 percent increase compared with the same 2005 period. The value of railed imports totaled $4.6 billion, a 10.6 percent increase and 19.4 percent decrease compared with July 2005 and June 2006, respectively. Railed exports totaled $1.6 billion, up 37.5 percent compared with last July but down 10.1 percent compared with June.

July U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $20.7 billion, up 16.0 percent compared with July 2005. Imports moved via rail totaled $1.6 billion, a 31.4 percent increase compared with July 20005 and 32 percent decrease compared with June, and exports moved via rail totaled $1.2 billion, a 5.3 percent rise compared with last July and 18.7 percent decline compared with June.


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