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BTS says surface trade with Canada and Mexico down 2.9 percent in November
Monday, 01 February 2010 00:00

WASHINGTON—Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was down 2.9 percent in November 2009 compared to November 2008, falling to $51.8 billion, according to data released by the United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

This output represents the fourth time in the last ten months there was not a year-to-year decline of more than 27 percent. The BTS said the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico fell 4.0 percent from October 2009 to November 2009. BTS officials said that month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

The BTS said that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in October was up 5.0 percent compared to November 2004 and up 28.5 percent compared to November 1999, with imports and exports up 25.1 percent and 32.7 percent, respectively, compared to November 1999.

Surface transportation, according to the BTS, is comprised mainly of freight movements by truck, trail, and pipeline, and nearly 90 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moves by land.

The BTS said the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada was down 7.2 percent yearover- year in November at $35.0 billion. Imports carried by truck were valued 6.1 percent lower in November 2009 compared to November 2008, said the BTS, and the value of exports carried by truck was down 1.8 percent. Michigan paced all states in surface trade with Canada in November at $4.3 billion.

And the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Mexico rose 4.4 percent year over year in November at $23.9 billion. Imports carried by truck were valued 11.5 percent lower in November 2009 compared to November 2008, said the BTS, and the value of exports carried by truck was up 1.7 percent. Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in November at $4.3 billion.

Logistics Management, 2/1/2010