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September 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 19.3 Percent from September 2009

September 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 19.3 Percent from September 2009

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 19.3 percent higher in September 2010 than in September 2009, reaching $68.3 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 in September 2010 remained 4.8 percent below the September 2008 level despite the 2009-2010 increase (Table 3).

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico rose 0.5 percent in September 2010 from August 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 September, 86.9 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 September was up 11.7 percent compared to September 2005, and up 38.9 percent compared to September 2000, a period of 10 years (Table 3). Imports in September were up 30.6 percent compared to September 2000, while exports were up 49.9 percent.

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.Canada surface transportation trade totaled $40.2 billion in September, up 15.7 percent compared to September 2009 (Table 4). The value of imports carried by truck was 10.7 percent higher in September 2010 compared to September 2009, while the value of exports carried by truck was 17.4 percent higher during this period.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in September with $5.4 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S.Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $28.1 billion in September, up 24.8 percent compared to September 2009 (Table 6). The value of imports carried by truck was 23.3 percent higher in September 2010 than September 2009 while the value of exports carried by truck was 20.7 percent higher.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in September with $10.2 billion. This is the second straight month in which Texas trade with Mexico by surface modes exceeded $10 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. September TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of Nov. 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 October TransBorder numbers on Jan. 5.

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 67,964 -24.9 25.3
September 71,801 57,294     68,324 -20.2  19.3
October 72,683 61,400   -15.5  
November 60,661 58,922   -2.9  
December 52,910 58,465   10.5  
Year-to-date 643,620 457,908 586,175 -28.9 28.0
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   September 2009 August 2010 September 2010 Percent ChangeAugust-September 2010 Percent ChangeSeptember 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 30,817 36,465 36,573 0.3 18.7
Exports 26,476 31,500 31,752 0.8 19.9
Total 57,294 67,964 68,324 0.5 19.3
Truck Imports 20,017 23,227 23,484 1.1 17.3
Exports 21,057 24,861 24,981 0.5 18.6
Rail Imports 5,648 7,480 7,466 -0.2 32.2
Exports 3,169 3,844 3,858 0.3 21.7
Pipeline Imports 4,161 4,662 4,489 -3.7 7.9
Exports 185 413 281 -31.9 51.8

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. September 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Compared with September of Prior Years

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Compared to September in... Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2009 18.7 19.9 19.3
2008 -9.3 0.8 -4.8
2007 -2.7 8.7 2.3
2006 0.9 17.3 7.9
2005 3.1 23.6 11.7
2004 16.3 35.4 24.4
2003 30.2 52.9 39.8
2002 39.6 62.0 49.2
2001 49.4 76.4 60.9
2000 30.6 49.9 38.9

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   September 2009 August 2010 September 2010 Percent ChangeAugust-September 2010 Percent ChangeSeptember 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 18,154 20,725 20,604 -0.6 13.5
Exports 16,612 19,155 19,616 2.4 18.1
Total 34,766 39,880 40,220 0.9 15.7
Truck Imports 9,527 10,488 10,550 0.6 10.7
Exports 13,028 14,882 15,293 2.8 17.4
Rail Imports 3,776 4,856 4,757 -2.0 26.0
Exports 1,838 2,162 2,136 -1.2 16.2
Pipeline Imports 4,148 4,646 4,474 -3.7 7.9
Exports 99 227 130 -42.6 30.8

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 September 2010 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State September 2010
1 Michigan 5,437
2 Illinois 3,627
3 California 2,794
4 Ohio 2,515
5 New York 2,329
6 Texas 2,228
7 Pennsylvania 1,675
8 Washington 1,522
9 Indiana 1,370
10 Minnesota 1,230

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   September 2009 August 2010 September 2010 Percent ChangeAugust-September 2010 Percent ChangeSeptember 2009 - 2010
All Surface Modes Imports 12,663 15,740 15,969 1.5 26.1
Exports 9,864 12,345 12,136 -1.7 23.0
Total 22,527 28,085 28,105 0.1 24.8
Truck Imports 10,490 12,740 12,934 1.5 23.3
Exports 8,029 9,979 9,688 -2.9 20.7
Rail Imports 1,872 2,624 2,709 3.2 44.7
Exports 1,331 1,682 1,721 2.3 29.4
Pipeline Imports 14 16 15 -4.9 11.6
Exports 86 186 151 -18.8 76.0

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 September 2010 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State September 2010
1 Texas 10,212
2 California 4,062
3 Michigan 3,410
4 Illinois 923
5 Ohio 790
6 Arizona 675
7 Tennessee 546
8 Georgia 505
9 Indiana 483
10 Pennsylvania 433

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