Trucks Transported 60.8% Of Freight Between U.S. And NAFTA Partners

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation released May North American Free Trade Agreement freight numbers showing that trucks carried 60.8% of the $98.6 billion of freight moved in May 2013 between the United States and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico.

Trucks were followed by rail at 15.1%, vessels at 8.6%, pipelines at 6.8% and air at 3.9%. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.7% of the total NAFTA freight flows.

BTS, a part of the Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that in May, for freight flows with Canada, trucks carried 55.2% of the $54.8 billion of the freight, followed by rail at 16.5%, pipelines at 11.4%, vessels at 6.4% and air at 4.6%. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 83.2% of the total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

For freight flows with Mexico in May, trucks carried 67.8% of the $43.8 billion of the freight, followed by rail at 13.4%, vessel at 11.4%, air at 3% and pipelines at 0.9%. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.1 % of the total U.S.-Mexico freight flows.

The value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation increased 1.8% from May 2012 and rose 77.5% from May 2009.

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