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June Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 3.9 Percent from June 2006

June Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 3.9 Percent from June 2006

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 3.9 percent higher in June 2007 than in June 2006, reaching $69.5 billion, 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 rose 0.1 percent in June from May (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 June was up 50.6 percent compared to June 2002, and up 96.1 percent compared to June 1997, a period of 10 years (Table 3). Imports in June were up 109.2 percent compared to June 1997, while exports were up 81.2 percent.

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $45.0 billion in June, up 5.1 percent compared to June 2006 (Table 4). The value of imports carried by truck was 3.4 percent lower in June 2007 than June 2006, while the value of exports carried by truck was 1.2 percent higher.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in June with $6.8 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S. - Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $24.5 billion in June, up 1.9 percent compared to June 2006 (Table 6). The value of imports carried by truck was 3.6 percent higher in June 2007 than June 2006 while the value of exports carried by truck was 5.9 percent lower.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in June with $7.3 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. June TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of August 14.

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 July TransBorder numbers on September 27, 2007.

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 69,423 14.0 5.2
June 59,431 66,898 69,526 12.6 3.9
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 340,960 383,839 394,047 12.6 2.7
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   June 2006 May 2007 June 2007 Percent Change     May 2007 - June 2007 Percent Change June 2006-2007
All Surface Modes Imports 37,938 38,917 39,561 1.7 4.3
Exports 28,960 30,507 29,965 -1.8 3.5
Total 66,898 69,423 69,526 0.1 3.9
Truck Imports 24,542 25,207 24,497 -2.8 -0.2
Exports 23,330 23,483 23,017 -2.0 -1.3
Rail Imports 7,934 7,866 8,402 6.8 5.9
Exports 3,212 4,118 3,640 -11.6 13.3
Pipeline Imports 4,332 4,400 5,246 19.2 21.1
Exports 198 499 617 23.5 211.4

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

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

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Compared to June in. Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2006 4.3 3.5 3.9
2005 17.3 16.6 17.0
2004 21.9 30.5 25.4
2003 47.5 45.4 46.6
2002 52.4 48.4 50.6
2001 42.0 43.4 42.6
2000 39.7 34.3 37.3
1999 64.3 57.1 61.1
1998 95.5 72.8 85.0
1997 109.2 81.2 96.1

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   June 2006 May 2007 June 2007 Percent Change     May 2007 - June 2007 Percent Change June 2006-2007
All Surface Modes Imports 24,138 24,344 25,072 3.0 3.9
Exports 18,695 19,941 19,925 -0.1 6.6
Total 42,833 44,285 44,997 1.6 5.1
Truck Imports 13,391 13,290 12,940 -2.6 -3.4
Exports 15,020 15,135 15,195 0.4 1.2
Rail Imports 5,524 5,542 5,788 4.4 4.8
Exports 1,740 2,365 2,095 -11.4 20.4
Pipeline Imports 4,331 4,386 5,233 19.3 20.8
Exports 143 455 554 21.7 287.0

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 June 2007 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State June 2007
1 Michigan 6,766
2 Illinois 3,939
3 New York 2,977
4 California 2,780
5 Ohio 2,698
6 Texas 2,265
7 Washington 2,072
8 Pennsylvania 1,574
9 Indiana 1,471
10 Tennessee 1,272

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   June 2006 May 2007 June 2007 Percent Change     May 2007 - June 2007 Percent Change June 2006-2007
All Surface Modes Imports 13,800 14,572 14,489 -0.6 5.0
Exports 10,265 10,566 10,040 -5.0 -2.2
Total 24,065 25,138 24,529 -2.4 1.9
Truck Imports 11,152 11,917 11,557 -3.0 3.6
Exports 8,311 8,348 7,822 -6.3 -5.9
Rail Imports 2,410 2,325 2,614 12.4 8.5
Exports 1,471 1,753 1,545 -11.9 5.0
Pipeline Imports 1 13 13 0.8 1,055.1
Exports 55 44 63 42.6 14.9

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. NA - not applicable

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

Ranked by June 2007 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State June 2007
1 Texas 7,263
2 California 4,134
3 Michigan 2,910
4 Illinois 856
5 Arizona 838
6 Ohio 585
7 Tennessee 513
8 North Carolina 499
9 New York 476
10 Indiana 467

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