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April Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 5.3 Percent from April 2006

April Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 5.3 Percent from April 2006

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was valued at $65.0 billion in April 2007, 5.3 percent higher than in April 2006 for the biggest percentage increase from the same month of the previous year since August 2006, 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 the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico fell 6.8 percent in April from March (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.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in April was up 38.9 percent compared to April 2002, and up 78.4 percent compared to April 1997, a period of 10 years (Table 3).  Imports in April were up 90.8 percent compared to April 1997, while exports were up 64.5 percent. 

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

 U.S.–Canada surface transportation trade totaled $42.3 billion in April, up 4.2 percent compared to April 2006 (Table 4).  The value of imports carried by truck was 3.1 percent higher in April 2007 than April 2006, while the value of exports carried by truck was 4.8 percent higher.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in April with $6.7 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S. – Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $22.7 billion in April, up 7.4 percent compared to April 2006 (Table 6).  The value of imports carried by truck was 10.4 percent higher in April 2007 than April 2006 while the value of exports carried by truck was 3.6 percent higher.           

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in April with $6.9 billion (Table 7).  

The TransBorder Freight Data are a unique subset of official U.S. foreign trade statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  New data are tabulated monthly and historical data are not adjusted for inflation.  April TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of June 20.

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 May TransBorder numbers on July 31.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Month 2005 2006 2007 Percent Change 2005-2006 Percent Change 2006-2007
January 52,334 61,189 60,649 16.9 -0.9
February 53,592 59,804 59,667 11.6 -0.2
March 59,436 68,213 69,768 14.8 2.3
April 58,297 61,742 65,015 5.9 5.3
May 57,870 65,994   14.0  
June 59,431 66,898   12.6  
July 49,690 55,939   12.6  
August 60,188 66,354   10.2  
September 61,166 63,295   3.5  
October 63,985 66,846   4.5  
November 62,894 64,805   3.0  
December 59,104 59,049   -0.1  
Year-to-date 223,659 250,947 255,099 12.2 1.7
Annual 697,987  760,127    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   April
2006
March
2007
April
2007
Percent Change
Mar. 2007 - Apr. 2007
Percent Change
April 2006-2007
All Surface Modes Imports 35,126 39,912 36,912 -7.5 5.1
Exports 26,616 29,856 28,103 -5.9 5.6
Total 61,742 69,768 65,015 -6.8 5.3
Truck Imports 22,102 25,910 23,492 -9.3 6.3
Exports 20,871 23,191 21,790 -6.0 4.4
Rail Imports 7,471 8,465 7,551 -10.8 1.1
Exports 3,255 4,018 3,775 -6.1 16.0
Pipeline Imports 4,227 4,313 4,418 2.4 4.5
Exports 187 271 410 51.2 118.9

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/programs/international/transborder/tbdr; Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Table 3. April 2007 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Compared with April of Prior Years

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Compared to April in. Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2006 5.1 5.6 5.3
2005 11.2 12.0 11.5
2004 21.4 23.3 22.2
2003 39.1 38.4 38.8
2002 37.9 40.3 38.9
2001 38.5 39.6 38.9
2000 42.5 34.0 38.7
1999 65.2 52.5 59.5
1998 80.0 54.0 67.8
1997 90.8 64.5 78.4

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   April
2006
March
2007
April
2007
Percent Change
Mar. 2007 - Apr. 2007
Percent Change
April 2006-2007
All Surface Modes Imports 23,097 25,187 23,776 -5.6 2.9
Exports 17,518 19,865 18,546 -6.6 5.9
Total 40,615 45,053 42,322 -6.1 4.2
Truck Imports 12,379 13,737 12,761 -7.1 3.1
Exports 13,648 15,306 14,307 -6.5 4.8
Rail Imports 5,440 6,188 5,436 -12.2 -0.1
Exports 1,967 2,343 2,188 -6.6 11.2
Pipeline Imports 4,225 4,282 4,408 2.9 4.3
Exports 120 222 361 62.8 200.6

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/programs/international/transborder/tbdr; Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Table 5. Top 10 States Trading with Canada by Surface Modes of Transportation

Ranked by April 2007 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State April 2007
1 Michigan 6,661
2 Illinois 2,942
3 New York 2,852
4 Ohio 2,722
5 California 2,601
6 Texas 2,045
7 Washington 1,757
8 Pennsylvania 1,569
9 Indiana 1,451
10 Tennessee 1,254

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   April
2006
March
2007
April
2007
Percent Change
Mar. 2007 - Apr. 2007
Percent Change
April 2006-2007
All Surface Modes Imports 12,029 14,724 13,136 -10.8 9.2
Exports 9,098 9,991 9,557 -4.3 5.0
Total 21,127 24,715 22,693 -8.2 7.4
Truck Imports 9,722 12,173 10,730 -11.8 10.4
Exports 7,222 7,885 7,482 -5.1 3.6
Rail Imports 2,031 2,277 2,115 -7.1 4.1
Exports 1,288 1,676 1,587 -5.3 23.2
Pipeline Imports 2 31 10 -67.8 NA
Exports 67 49 49 -1.1 -27.5

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/programs/international/transborder/tbdr; Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. NA - not applicable

Table 7. Top 10 States Trading with Mexico by Surface Modes of Transportation

Ranked by April 2007 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State April 2007
1 Texas 6,869
2 California 3,819
3 Michigan 2,471
4 Arizona 898
5 Illinois 766
6 Ohio 535
7 Tennessee 510
8 Pennsylvania 450
9 New York 433
10 Indiana 426

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