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Trucks Carried Most NAFTA Trade in December


Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, December 2013 compared to December 2012. Credit: U.S. DOT

WASHINGTON, DC — Most of the freight transported between US and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico in December was hauled by truck, according to a new U.S. Transportation Department report. 

Trucks carried 52.2 percent of the $50 billion of freight travelling between Canada and the US in December, followed by rail at 15.7 percent, pipelines at 13.2 percent, vessel at 7.1 percent and air at 4.7 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 81.2 percent of the total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

For all US-NAFTA trade, trucks carried 57.2 percent of the $90.1 billion of freight in December 2013, accounting for $26.3 billion of exports and $25.2 billion of imports. This is a 7.2-percent increase from December 2012.

The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 79.7 percent of the total NAFTA freight flows.

Total NAFTA trade during December increased 6.4 percent from a year earlier while surface trade gained 6.5 percent during the same time. The total value of NAFTA trade during the month increased 3.5 from December 2012.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) started in 1994 to create free trade between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

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