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July 2008 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 15.9 Percent from July 2007 (State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

July 2008 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 15.9 Percent from July 2007 (State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 15.9 percent higher in July 2008 than in July 2007, reaching $71.6 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico fell 3.4 percent in July from June (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 88 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 this July was up 68.1 percent compared to July 2003, and up 123.6 percent compared to July 1998, a period of 10 years (Table 3). Imports in July 2008 were up 129.8 percent compared to July 1998, while exports were up 116.2 percent.

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

 U.S.–Canada surface transportation trade totaled $46.9 billion in July, up 19.8 percent compared to July 2007 (Table 4). The value of imports carried by truck was 2.6 percent higher in July 2008 than July 2007, while the value of exports carried by truck was 16.2 percent higher.

Illinois led all states in surface trade with Canada in July 2008 with $5.0 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S.–Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $24.8 billion this July, up 9.0 percent compared to July 2007 (Table 6). The value of imports carried by truck was 7.2 percent higher in July 2008 than July 2007 while the value of exports carried by truck was 13.8 percent higher.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in July 2008 with $8.1 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. July TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of Sept. 11.

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 August TransBorder numbers on Oct. 30.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Month 2006 2007 2008 Percent Change 2006-2007 Percent Change 2007-2008
January 61,189 60,649 65,160 -0.9 7.4
February 59,804 59,667 69,406 -0.2 16.3
March 68,213 69,768 70,787 2.3 1.5
April 61,742 65,015 74,317 5.3 14.3
May 65,994 69,423 74,128 5.2 6.8
June 66,898 69,526 74,139 3.9 6.6
July 55,939 61,823 71,628 10.5 15.9
August 66,354 69,158   4.2  
September 63,295 66,771   5.5  
October 66,846 74,249   11.1  
November 64,805 70,352   8.6  
December 59,049 60,902   3.1  
Jan-July 439,778 455,870 499,565 3.7 9.6
Annual  760,127 797,303   4.9  

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

Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   July 2007 June 2008 July 2008 Percent Change
June 2008 July 2008
Percent Change
July 2007-2008
All Surface Modes Imports 35,138 41,749 40,241 -3.6 14.5
Exports 26,685 32,390 31,387 -3.1 17.6
Total 61,823 74,139 71,628 -3.4 15.9
Truck Imports 21,979 24,441 23,038 -5.7 4.8
Exports 20,611 24,838 23,762 -4.3 15.3
Rail Imports 6,914 8,242 6,981 -15.3 1.0
Exports 3,227 4,559 4,598 0.9 42.5
Pipeline Imports 4,753 7,601 8,551 12.5 79.9
Exports 288 494 612 24.0 112.8

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

Notes: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, other and unknown modes of transportation.  For additional detail refer to the Data Fields Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html.
Pipeline export data are not currently available for March 2008.

Table 3. July 2008 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Compared with July of Prior Years

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Compared to July in Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2007 14.5 17.6 15.9
2006 25.5 31.5 28.0
2005 40.2 49.6 44.2
2004 42.9 57.4 48.9
2003 63.2 74.9 68.1
2002 67.2 81.0 73.0
2001 66.7 87.7 75.3
2000 66.5 75.3 70.3
1999 89.6 94.9 91.9
1998 129.8 116.2 123.6

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

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   July 2007 June 2008 July 2008 Percent Change
June 2008 July 2008
Percent Change
July 2007-2008
All Surface Modes Imports 22,118 27,338 26,794 -2.0 21.1
Exports 16,986 21,561 20,068 -6.9 18.1
Total 39,104 48,899 46,862 -4.2 19.8
Truck Imports 11,327 12,756 11,623 -8.9 2.6
Exports 12,867 16,437 14,952 -9.0 16.2
Rail Imports 4,836 5,837 5,292 -9.3 9.4
Exports 1,824 2,711 2,730 0.7 49.7
Pipeline Imports 4,738 7,587 8,527 12.4 80.0
Exports 245 420 477 13.4 94.8

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

Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, other and unknown modes of transportation.  For additional detail refer to the Data Fields Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html.
Pipeline export data are not currently available for March 2008.

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

Ranked by July 2008 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State July 2008
1 Illinois 5,034
2 Michigan 4,799
3 New York 2,959
4 California 2,884
5 Ohio 2,879
6 Washington 2,591
7 Texas 2,540
8 Pennsylvania 2,042
9 Minnesota 2,011
10 Indiana 1,325

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

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   July 2007 June 2008 July 2008 Percent Change
June 2008 July 2008
Percent Change
July 2007-2008
All Surface Modes Imports 13,020 14,411 13,447 -6.7 3.3
Exports 9,700 10,829 11,319 4.5 16.7
Total 22,719 25,240 24,766 -1.9 9.0
Truck Imports 10,652 11,684 11,416 -2.3 7.2
Exports 7,744 8,401 8,810 4.9 13.8
Rail Imports 2,077 2,405 1,689 -29.8 -18.7
Exports 1,404 1,847 1,868 1.1 33.1
Pipeline Imports 15 15 24 61.1 60.7
Exports 43 74 136 84.2 215.0

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

Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, other and unknown modes of transportation.  For additional detail refer to the Data Fields Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

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

Ranked by July 2008 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State July 2008
1 Texas 8,097
2 California 4,355
3 Michigan 1,908
4 Illinois 975
5 Arizona 819
6 Ohio 699
7 North Carolina 487
8 Tennessee 462
9 Pennsylvania 450
10 New York 442

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