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3/1/2012



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BTS: Value of cargo moved between NAFTA nations climbed in December


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The value of freight moved by surface transportation modes between the United States and Canada and Mexico in December reached $74.2 billion, up 11.6 percent compared with December 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Surface transportation includes freight movements by rail, truck, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones and other modes. In December, 85.5 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved by land, 10 percent by vessel and 4.5 percent by air.

Railed import value jumped 22.3 percent to $7.1 billion and railed export value climbed 17.9 percent to $4.5 billion compared with December 2010 figures.



The value of freight moved between the United States and Canada totaled $44.2 billion, up 11.2 percent. Railed import value shot up 23.3 percent to $5.8 billion and railed export value increased 12.4 percent to $2.4 billion.



The value of freight moved between the United States and Mexico totaled $30 billion, up 12.1 percent. Railed import value rose 20.2 percent to $2.9 billion and railed export value climbed 24.7 percent to $2.1 billion.



To access more BTS surface transportation trade data from December, follow this link.



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