Cross-border freight flows within NAFTA were up 0.8 percent in April

The value of cross-border freight exchanged by North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners was up 0.8 percent in April 2017 compared to April 2016, reaching a total of $91.1 billion, according to the TransBorder Freight Data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

It was the sixth consecutive month in which the year-over-year value of U.S.-NAFTA freight increased from the same month of the previous year.

Trucks carried 62.6 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 16.4 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 6.3 percent; pipeline, 5.9 percent; and air, 3.6 percent.

From April 2016 to April 2017, the value of U.S.-Canada freight flows increased by 2.5 percent to $47.0 billion as the value of freight on three major modes increased from a year earlier. The value of freight carried on pipeline increased by 67.1 percent, vessel by 13.8 percent, and rail by 6.4 percent. Truck decreased by 2.8 percent, and air decreased by 7.2 percent. The increase in the value of commodities moved by pipeline and vessel reflects the increased value of mineral fuels year over year.

Trucks carried 57.6 percent of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 17.7 percent followed by pipeline, 10.9 percent; air, 4.3 percent; and vessel, 3.5 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.2 percent of the value of total U.S.-Canada freight flows

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