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February 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.8 Percent from February 2010

February 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.8 Percent from February 2010

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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North American Surface Trade, Mar 2009-Feb 2011

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North American Surface Trade, Mar 2009-Feb 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 11.8 percent higher in February 2011 than in February 2010, reaching $66.5 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, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in February 2011 rose 38.8 percent in two years from February 2009, which at $47.9 billion had the lowest amount of trade of any month since February 2004 (Tables 3, 1). Trade value in February 2011 was down 4.1 percent from the early recession level of February 2008 (Table 3). See Transborder Press Releases for historic data. Values in this press release are not adjusted for inflation.

Freight value in February fell 1.8 percent from January 2011 (Table 2). Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones and other. In February, 86.4 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land, 9.3 percent moved by vessel, and 4.3 percent moved by air.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in February was up 11.3 percent compared to February 2006, and up 48.4 percent compared to February 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in February were up 43.1 percent compared to February 2001, while exports were up 55.3 percent (Table 3).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.Canada surface transportation trade totaled $40.0 billion in February, up 10.1 percent compared to February 2010. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 4.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in February with $5.0 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S.Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $ 26.6 billion in February, up 14.5 percent compared to February 2010. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 6.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in February with $ 9.1 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. February TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of April 12.

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 March TransBorder numbers on May 31.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Month     2009     2010     2011 Percent Change      2009-2010 Percent Change 2010-2011
January 47,459 56,697 67,734 19.5 19.5
February 47,938 59,492 66,534 24.1 11.8
March 51,055 69,943   37.0  
April 49,729 65,831   32.4  
May 47,881 66,805   39.5  
June 50,753 69,859   37.6  
July 51,545 61,260   18.8  
August 54,254 67,964   25.3  
September 57,294 68,324   19.3  
October 61,400 70,565   14.9  
November 58,922 68,060   15.5  
December 58,465 66,530   13.8  
Year-to-date 95,398 116,189 134,268 21.8 15.6
Annual 636,695 791,329   24.3  

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   February 2010 January 2011 February 2011 Percent Change January - February 2011 Percent Change February 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 32,545 36,740 36,277 -1.3 11.5
Exports 26,947 30,993 30,257 -2.4 12.3
Total 59,492 67,734 66,534 -1.8 11.8
Truck Imports 19,865 22,547 22,307 -1.1 12.3
Exports 20,894 24,101 23,527 -2.4 12.6
Rail Imports 6,764 7,460 7,252 -2.8 7.2
Exports 3,583 3,634 3,748 3.2 4.6
Pipeline Imports 4,979 5,466 5,554 1.6 11.6
Exports 341 780 711 -8.8 108.8

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. February 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Compared with February of Prior Years

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Compared to February in... Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2010 11.5 12.3 11.8
2009 41.8 35.4 38.8
2008 -8.2 1.3 -4.1
2007 6.8 17.8 11.5
2006 4.8 20.1 11.3
2005 17.6 33.0 24.2
2004 30.3 48.8 38.1
2003 42.7 64.4 51.8
2002 51.2 70.7 59.5
2001 43.1 55.3 48.4

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   February 2010 January 2011 February 2011 Percent Change January - February 2011 Percent Change February 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 19,226 21,635 21,234 -1.9 10.4
Exports 17,047 18,625 18,717 0.5 9.8
Total 36,273 40,260 39,952 -0.8 10.1
Truck Imports 9,076 10,121 10,039 -0.8 10.6
Exports 13,004 14,310 14,402 0.6 10.8
Rail Imports 4,563 5,163 4,901 -5.1 7.4
Exports 2,067 1,940 2,048 5.5 -0.9
Pipeline Imports 4,964 5,446 5,536 1.7 11.5
Exports 280 416 475 14.2 69.6

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 February 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State February 2011
1 Michigan 5,007
2 Illinois 3,946
3 Ohio 2,475
4 New York 2,427
5 California 2,364
6 Texas 2,187
7 Washington 1,564
8 Pennsylvania 1,540
9 Minnesota 1,392
10 Indiana 1,313

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   February 2010 January 2011 February 2011 Percent Change January - February 2011 Percent Change February 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 13,319 15,105 15,043 -0.4 12.9
Exports 9,900 12,368 11,540 -6.7 16.6
Total 23,219 27,473 26,583 -3.2 14.5
Truck Imports 10,789 12,426 12,268 -1.3 13.7
Exports 7,890 9,790 9,125 -6.8 15.6
Rail Imports 2,201 2,297 2,350 2.3 6.8
Exports 1,515 1,693 1,700 0.4 12.2
Pipeline Imports 14 20 18 -9.9 21.7
Exports 61 365 237 -35.1 290.0

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 February 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State February 2011
1 Texas 9,077
2 California 3,761
3 Michigan 3,126
4 Arizona 981
5 Illinois 931
6 Ohio 758
7 Tennessee 547
8 Indiana 493
9 North Carolina 431
10 Georgia 424

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