WASHINGTON, DC — January’s extreme cold kept more trucks off the roads, causing freight transportation levels in the U.S. and Canada to fall by 3.4 percent compared to January 2013, U.S. Department of Transportation data shows.
It’s the sharpest decline since November of 2009.
Trucks carried 52.2 percent of the $49.3 billion of freight travelling between Canada and the U.S. and 59.9 percent of the $90.3 billion of U.S.-NAFTA trade in January. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 81.5 percent of the total NAFTA freight flows.
Truck trade fell 4.9 percent, while rail fell 9.9 percent. Air trade fell as well, but pipeline and vessel trade increased.