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June 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 37.6 Percent from June 2009

June 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 37.6 Percent from June 2009

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 37.6 percent higher in June 2010 than in June 2009, reaching $69.9 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, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in June 2010 remained 5.8 percent below the June 2008 level despite the 2009-2010 increase (Table 3). North American surface freight value rose 4.6 percent in June 2010 from May 2010 (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. In June, 86.6 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in June was up 17.5 percent compared to June 2005, and up 38.0 percent compared to June 2000, a period of 10 years (Table 3). Imports in June were up 33.7 percent compared to June 2000, while exports were up 43.4 percent.

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $42.0 billion in June, up 35.5 percent compared to June 2009 (Table 4). The value of imports carried by truck was 35.8 percent higher in June 2010 compared to June 2009, while the value of exports carried by truck was 34.2 percent higher during this period.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in June with $5.9 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $27.8 billion in June, up 41.0 percent compared to June 2009 (Table 6). The value of imports carried by truck was 37.9 percent higher in June 2010 than June 2009 while the value of exports carried by truck was 34.5 percent higher.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in June with $9.9 billion, the largest monthly amount of trade between Texas and Mexico on record (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 Aug. 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/programs/international/transborder/. BTS will release July TransBorder numbers on Sept. 30.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Month 2008 2009 2010 Percent Change 2008-2009 Percent Change 2009-2010
January 65,160 47,459 56,697 -27.2 19.5
February 69,406 47,938 59,492 -30.9 24.1
March 70,787 51,055 69,943 -27.9 37.0
April 74,317 49,729 65,831 -33.1 32.4
May 74,128 47,881 66,805 -35.4 39.5
June 74,139 50,753 69,859 -31.5 37.6
July 71,628 51,545 -28.0
August 72,254 54,254 -24.9
September 71,801 57,294 -20.2
October 72,683 61,400   -15.5
November 60,661 58,922 -2.9
December 52,910 58,465 10.5  
Year-to-date 427,937 294,816 388,626 -31.1 31.8
Annual 829,875 636,695   -23.3  

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/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   June 2009 May 2010 June 2010 Percent Change May-June 2010 Percent Change June 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 26,932 36,160 37,857 4.7 40.6
Exports 23,820 30,646 32,003 4.4 34.4
Total 50,753 66,805 69,859 4.6 37.6
Truck Imports 17,902 23,121 24,512 6.0 36.9
Exports 18,913 24,021 25,401 5.7 34.3
Rail Imports 4,348 7,430 7,290 -1.9 67.7
Exports 2,731 4,045 3,827 -5.4 40.1
Pipeline Imports 3,760 4,959 5,121 3.3 36.2
Exports 219 308 290 -5.6 32.4

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/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, and other transportation.; For additional detail refer to the "Data Fields" Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

Table 3. June 2010 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
2009 40.6 34.4 37.6
2008 -9.3 -1.2 -5.8
2007 -4.3 6.8 0.5
2006 -0.2 10.5 4.4
2005 12.3 24.5 17.5
2004 16.6 39.4 26.0
2003 41.1 55.3 47.3
2002 45.8 58.5 51.4
2001 35.9 53.2 43.3
2000 33.7 43.4 38.0

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

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   June 2009 May 2010 June 2010 Percent Change May-June 2010 Percent Change June 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 15,971 20,936 21,880 4.5 37.0
Exports 15,037 19,269 20,130 4.5 33.9
Total 31,008 40,204 42,010 4.5 35.5
Truck Imports 8,322 10,586 11,302 6.8 35.8
Exports 11,709 14,918 15,709 5.3 34.2
Rail Imports 3,235 5,025 4,830 -3.9 49.3
Exports 1,560 2,333 2,248 -3.6 44.1
Pipeline Imports 3,745 4,946 5,108 3.3 36.4
Exports 166 248 223 -10.0 34.4

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/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, and other transportation. For additional detail refer to the "Data Fields" Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

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

Ranked by June 2010 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State June 2010
1 Michigan 5,901
2 Illinois 3,851
3 California 2,879
4 Ohio 2,753
5 New York 2,441
6 Texas 2,256
7 Pennsylvania 1,634
8 Washington 1,573
9 Indiana 1,413
10 Minnesota 1,276

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

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   June 2009 May 2010 June 2010 Percent Change May-June 2010 Percent Change June 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 10,962 15,224 15,977 4.9 45.8
Exports 8,783 11,377 11,873 4.4 35.2
Total 19,745 26,601 27,850 4.7 41.0
Truck Imports 9,579 12,535 13,211 5.4 37.9
Exports 7,204 9,103 9,691 6.5 34.5
Rail Imports 1,114 2,405 2,460 2.3 120.9
Exports 1,171 1,711 1,578 -7.8 34.8
Pipeline Imports 15 13 13 1.1 -14.3
Exports 53 59 67 12.9 25.9

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/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, and other transportation. For additional detail refer to the "Data Fields" Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

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

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State June 2010
1 Texas 9,877
2 California 4,220
3 Michigan 2,907
4 Arizona 998
5 Illinois 921
6 Ohio 738
7 Tennessee 564
8 North Carolina 470
9 Indiana 466
10 Georgia 458

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