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July 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.8 Percent from July 2009

July 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.8 Percent from July 2009

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 18.8 percent higher in July 2010 than in July 2009, reaching $61.3 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 July 2010 remained 14.5 percent below the July 2008 level despite the 2009-2010 increase (Table 3). North American surface freight value fell 12.3 percent in July 2010 from June 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 July, 84.6 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 July was up 23.3 percent compared to July 2005, and up 45.6 percent compared to July 2000, a period of 10 years (Table 3). Imports in July were up 34.5 percent compared to July 2000, while exports were up 60.7 percent.

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.Canada surface transportation trade totaled $36.3 billion in July, up 17.1 percent compared to July 2009 (Table 4). The value of imports carried by truck was 12.6 percent higher in July 2010 compared to July 2009, while the value of exports carried by truck was 20.8 percent higher during this period.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in July with $3.5 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S.Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $24.9 billion in July, up 21.5 percent compared to July 2009 (Table 6). The value of imports carried by truck was 22.4 percent higher in July 2010 than July 2009 while the value of exports carried by truck was 22.8 percent higher.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in July with $9.2 billion

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. 10.

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 August TransBorder numbers on Nov. 3.

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  61,260 -28.0  18.8
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 499,569 346,360 449,886 -30.7 29.9
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 torounding.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   July 2009 June 2010 July 2010 Percent Change June-July 2010 Percent ChangeJuly 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 27,611 37,857 32,499 -14.2 17.7
Exports 23,934 32,003 28,761 -10.1 20.2
Total 51,545 69,859 61,260 -12.3 18.8
Truck Imports 18,102 24,512 21,345 -12.9 17.9
Exports 18,829 25,401 22,903 -9.8 21.6
Rail Imports 4,239 7,290 5,560 -23.7 31.2
Exports 2,681 3,827 3,283 -14.2 22.4
Pipeline Imports 4,225 5,121 4,805 -6.2 13.7
Exports 259 290 229 -21.0 -11.3

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. July 2010 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
2009 17.7 20.2 18.8
2008 -19.2 -8.4 -14.5
2007 -7.5 7.8 -0.9
2006 1.4 20.5 9.5
2005 13.2 37.1 23.3
2004 15.4 44.2 27.4
2003 31.8 60.3 43.8
2002 35.0 65.9 47.9
2001 34.6 72.0 49.9
2000 34.5 60.7 45.6

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   July 2009 June 2010 July 2010 Percent Change June-July 2010 Percent Change July 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 16,317 21,880 18,599 -15.0 14.0
Exports 14,703 20,130 17,732 -11.9 20.6
Total 31,020 42,010 36,331 -13.5 17.1
Truck Imports 8,252 11,302 9,293 -17.8 12.6
Exports 11,313 15,709 13,670 -13.0 20.8
Rail Imports 3,060 4,830 3,988 -17.4 30.3
Exports 1,471 2,248 1,997 -11.2 35.7
Pipeline Imports 4,208 5,108 4,788 -6.3 13.8
Exports 166 223 181 -19.0 9.2

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 July 2010 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State July 2010
1 Michigan 3,544
2 Illinois 3,431
3 California 2,514
4 Ohio 2,417
5 New York 2,168
6 Texas 2,046
7 Pennsylvania 1,585
8 Washington 1,507
9 Indiana 1,273
10 Minnesota 1,128

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   July 2009 June 2010 July 2010 Percent ChangeJune-July 2010 Percent Change July 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 11,294 15,977 13,900 -13.0 23.1
Exports 9,230 11,873 11,029 -7.1 19.5
Total 20,524 27,850 24,929 -10.5 21.5
Truck Imports 9,850 13,211 12,052 -8.8 22.4
Exports 7,516 9,691 9,233 -4.7 22.8
Rail Imports 1,178 2,460 1,572 -36.1 33.4
Exports 1,210 1,578 1,287 -18.5 6.3
Pipeline Imports 18 13 17 33.9 -0.8
Exports 93 67 48 -27.8 -47.9

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

Ranked by July 2010 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State July 2010
1 Texas 9,225
2 California 3,696
3 Michigan 2,166
4 Illinois 902
5 Arizona 756
6 Ohio 680
7 Tennessee 506
8 North Carolina 484
9 Indiana 435
10 Pennsylvania 401

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