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April 04, 2018

NAFTA trade flows increased 9.9 percent in January

The value of cross-border freight exchanged by North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners was up 9.9 percent in January 2018 compared to January 2017, reaching a total of $96,6 billion, according to the TransBorder Freight Data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Trucks moved freight valued at $60.6 billion, up 10.2 percent compared to January 2017, and rail moved freight valued at $13.3 billion, up 0.6 percent during the same period.

Compared to the previous year U.S.-Canada truck freight rose 6.2 percent while U.S.-Mexico truck freight rose 13.6 percent. U.S.-Canada rail freight rose 4.0 percent while U.S.-Mexico rail freight declined 3.4 percent.

In other freight modes, U.S.-Canada freight flows in both directions in January 2018, were $6.8 billion by pipeline, $2.2 billion by vessel, and $2.1 billion by air. Electrical machinery was the top commodity shipped by air, with $428 million or 20.3 percent of all U.S.-Canada shipments by air consisting of that commodity.

The total value of U.S.-Canada freight flows increased by 8.8 percent to $48.9 billion.