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December Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Fell 0.1 Percent from December 2005

December Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Fell 0.1 Percent from December 2005

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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BTS 09-07
Dave Smallen
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in December 2006, at $59.0 billion, was 0.1 percent lower than in December 2005, the first decline from the same month of the previous year since August 2003, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1).

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported that total North American surface transportation trade fell 8.9 percent in December from November (Table 2). Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. About 90 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moves on land.

Total North American surface transportation trade value in December was up 54.4 percent compared to December 2001, and up 76.8 percent compared to December 1996, a period of 10 years (Table 3). Imports in December were up 95.6 percent compared to December 1996, while exports were up 56.6 percent.

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $38.2 billion in December, down 2.7 percent compared to December 2005 (Table 4). The value of imports carried by truck was 2.8 percent higher in December 2006 than December 2005, while the value of exports carried by truck was 2.6 percent higher.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in December with $6.1 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S. - Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $20.9 billion in December, up 5.0 percent compared to December 2005 (Table 6). The value of imports carried by truck was 6.2 percent higher in December 2006 than December 2005 while the value of exports carried by truck was 2.3 percent lower.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in December with $6.0 billion (Table 7).

The TransBorder Freight Data are a special extract of the official U.S. foreign trade statistics. The data are tabulated for BTS monthly by the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. December TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of Feb. 16.

The news release and summary tables can be found at www.bts.gov. More information on TransBorder Freight Data and data from previous months are posted on the BTS website at http://www.bts.gov/transborder/. BTS will release January TransBorder numbers on March 29, 2007.

Table 1. Value of Monthly U.S. Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico

(millions of dollars)

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Month 2004 2005 2006 Percent Change 2004-2005 Percent Change 2005-2006
January 45,686 52,334 61,189 14.6 16.9
February 48,170 53,592 59,804 11.3 11.6
March 56,269 59,436 68,213 5.6 14.8
April 53,195 58,297 61,742 9.6 5.9
May 53,155 57,870 65,994 8.9 14.0
June 55,422 59,431 66,898 7.2 12.6
July 48,096 49,690 55,939 3.3 12.6
August 53,577 60,188 66,354 12.3 10.2
September 54,913 61,166 63,295 11.4 3.5
October 56,880 63,985 66,846 12.5 4.5
November 56,134 62,894 64,805 12.0 3.0
December 52,065 59,104 59,049 13.5 -0.1
Year-to-date 633,563 697,987 760,127 10.2 8.9
Annual 633,563 697,987  760,127 10.2  8.9

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/

Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Table 2. U.S. Merchandise Trade with Canada and Mexico by Surface Modes of Transportation

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   December 2005 November 2006 December 2006 Percent Change Nov. 2006-Dec. 2006 Percent Change December 2005-2006
All Surface Modes Imports 34,525 36,794 33,910 -7.8 -1.8
Exports 24,579 28,011 25,139 -10.3 2.3
Total 59,104 64,805 59,049 -8.9 -0.1
Truck Imports 20,142 23,817 21,009 -11.8 4.3
Exports 19,197 21,774 19,360 -11.1 0.8
Rail Imports 7,497 7,653 7,680 0.4 2.4
Exports 3,049 3,686 3,385 -8.2 11.0
Pipeline Imports 5,402 4,184 3,988 -4.7 -26.2
Exports 279 247 327 32.3 17.4

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/

Note: The value of all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes. The value of trade for all surface modes includes shipments made by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, foreign trade zones, other and unknown modes of transportation.  For additional detail refer to the TransBorder Freight Data "Sources and Reliability" statement: http://www.bts.gov/ntda/tbscd/srfin.html; Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Table 3. December 2006 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Compared with December of Prior Years

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Compared to December in. Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2005 -1.8 2.3 -0.1
2004 14.3 12.2 13.4
2003 30.7 29.0 30.0
2002 43.7 46.2 44.8
2001 55.6 52.8 54.4
2000 32.4 31.3 31.9
1999 45.1 29.5 38.0
1998 66.4 49.7 58.9
1997 78.9 55.7 68.2
1996 95.6 56.6 76.8

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/

Table 4. U.S. Merchandise Trade with Canada by Surface Modes of Transportation

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   December 2005 November 2006 December 2006 Percent Change Nov. 2006-Dec. 2006 Percent Change December 2005-2006
All Surface Modes Imports 23,378 22,828 21,748 -4.7 -7.0
Exports 15,850 17,709 16,439 -7.2 3.7
Total 39,228 40,537 38,187 -5.8 -2.7
Truck Imports 11,152 12,479 11,465 -8.1 2.8
Exports 12,353 13,852 12,672 -8.5 2.6
Rail Imports 5,562 5,288 5,314 0.5 -4.4
Exports 1,617 1,937 1,924 -0.7 19.0
Pipeline Imports 5,402 4,176 3,978 -4.7 -26.4
Exports 212 192 259 34.9 22.1

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/

Note: The value of all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes. The value of trade for all surface modes includes shipments made by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, foreign trade zones, other and unknown modes of transportation.  For additional detail refer to the TransBorder Freight Data "Sources and Reliability" statement: http://www.bts.gov/ntda/tbscd/srfin.html; Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Table 5. Top 10 States Trading with Canada by Surface Modes of Transportation Ranked by December 2006 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State December 2006
1 Michigan 6,121
2 Illinois 2,805
3 Ohio 2,547
4 New York 2,517
5 California 2,508
6 Texas 1,824
7 Pennsylvania 1,421
8 Washington 1,373
9 Tennessee 1,214
10 Indiana 1,192

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/

Table 6. U.S. Merchandise Trade with Mexico by Surface Modes of Transportation

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   December 2005 November 2006 December 2006 Percent Change Nov. 2006-Dec. 2006 Percent Change December 2005-2006
All Surface Modes Imports 11,147 13,966 12,162 -12.9 9.1
Exports 8,729 10,302 8,700 -15.6 -0.3
Total 19,876 24,268 20,862 -14.0 5.0
Truck Imports 8,991 11,338 9,544 -15.8 6.2
Exports 6,844 7,922 6,687 -15.6 -2.3
Rail Imports 1,936 2,365 2,366 0.0 22.2
Exports 1,432 1,749 1,461 -16.4 2.0
Pipeline Imports 0 8 10 22.6 NA
Exports 67 56 68 23.2 2.3

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/

Note: The value of all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes. The value of trade for all surface modes includes shipments made by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, foreign trade zones, other and unknown modes of transportation.  For additional detail refer to the TransBorder Freight data "Sources and Reliability" statement: http://www.bts.gov/ntda/tbscd/srfin.html; Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Table 7. Top 10 States Trading with Mexico by Surface Modes of Transportation Ranked by December 2006 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State December 2006
1 Texas 6,004
2 California 3,787
3 Michigan 2,426
4 Arizona 780
5 Illinois 738
6 Tennessee 490
7 Ohio 456
8 Pennsylvania 411
9 New York 359
10 North Carolina 359

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/transborder/