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June 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.0 Percent from June 2010

June 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.0 Percent from June 2010

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Value of North American Surface Trade, July 2009 - June 2011

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North American Surface Trade, July 2009 - June 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 11.0 percent higher in June 2011 than in June 2010, totaling $ 77.5 billion (Table 1), according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico, the United States North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, in June 2011 rose 52.7 percent in two years from June 2009, but has still only risen 4.6 percent above the level of June 2008, the previous high for any June based on data collection begun in 1994 (Table 3).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in June increased by 15.9 percent when compared to June 2006, and also increased by 59.0 percent when compared to June 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in June were up 49.8 percent since June 2001, while exports were up 71.2 percent (Table 3). See Transborder Press Releases for historic data. Values in this press release are not adjusted for inflation.

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones, and other. In June, 85.5 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 10.3 percent moved by vessel, and 4.2 percent moved by air (Table 8).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico gained 0.3 percent in June 2011 from May 2011 (Table 2). Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade both increased compared to June 2010 with U.S.-Canada reaching $46.1 billion, a 9.7 percent increase, and U.S.-Mexico reaching $31.4 billion, a 12.8 percent increase. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 4 for Canada and Table 6 for Mexico.

In June trade by state, Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada as it has in previous years, at $6.3 billion, a 6.1 percent increase from June 2010 (Table 5). Texas also continued to lead all states in surface trade with Mexico at $11.1 billion, a 12.8 percent increase from June 2010, and the second highest month on record (Table 7).

BTS has also recently released annual data on U.S. transshipments through Canada or Mexico to the public in a new database. Transshipments are shipments of merchandise from a country of origin to a country of ultimate destination through an intermediary country. U.S. transshipment data provide information on U.S. international merchandise transshipped through Canada or Mexico prior to reaching its ultimate destination, as well as shipments from their ultimate origin through Canada or Mexico to the U.S.

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. 27.

Table 1. Value of Monthly U.S.

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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 80,822 37.0 15.6
April 49,729 65,831 73,767 32.4 12.1
May 47,881 66,805 77,318 39.5 15.7
June 50,753 69,859 77,521 37.6 11.0
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 294,816 388,626 443,695 31.8 14.2
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 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 2010 May 2011 June 2011 Percent Change May June 2011 Percent Change June 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 37,857 41,574 41,747 0.4 10.3
Exports 32,003 35,744 35,774 0.1 11.8
Total 69,859 77,318 77,521 0.3 11.0
Truck Imports 24,512 26,156 26,201 0.2 6.9
Exports 25,401 27,275 27,745 1.7 9.2
Rail Imports 7,290 8,302 8,036 -3.2 10.2
Exports 3,827 4,931 4,507 -8.6 17.8
Pipeline Imports 5,121 6,096 6,345 4.1 23.9
Exports 290 1,021 1,018 -0.3 250.7

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 2011 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
2010 10.3 11.8 11.0
2009 55.0 50.2 52.7
2008 0.0 10.4 4.6
2007 5.5 19.4 11.5
2006 10.0 23.5 15.9
2005 23.8 39.2 30.4
2004 28.6 55.8 39.9
2003 55.7 73.6 63.4
2002 60.8 77.2 68.0
2001 49.8 71.2 59.0

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 2010 May 2011 June 2011 Percent Change May - June 2011 Percent Change June 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 21,880 24,060 24,115 0.2 10.2
Exports 20,130 22,229 21,979 -1.1 9.2
Total 42,010 46,288 46,094 -0.4 9.7
Truck Imports 11,302 11,769 11,813 0.4 4.5
Exports 15,709 16,808 16,998 1.1 8.2
Rail Imports 4,830 5,561 5,179 -6.9 7.2
Exports 2,248 2,760 2,396 -13.2 6.6
Pipeline Imports 5,108 6,077 6,320 4.0 23.7
Exports 223 701 645 -7.9 188.8

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 June 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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State June 2010 June 2011 Percent Change June 2010-2011
Value Rank Value Rank
Michigan 5,901 1 6,258 1 6.1
Illinois 3,851 2 4,623 2 20.1
Ohio 2,753 4 2,615 3 -5.0
New York 2,441 5 2,517 4 3.1
Texas 2,256 6 2,500 5 10.8
California 2,879 3 2,372 6 -17.6
Pennsylvania 1,634 7 1,896 7 16.1
Washington 1,573 8 1,768 8 12.4
Minnesota 1,276 10 1,676 9 31.3
Indiana 1,413 9 1,534 10 8.5

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.

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

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   June 2010 May 2011 June 2011 Percent Change May - June 2011 Percent Change June 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 15,977 17,514 17,632 0.7 10.4
Exports 11,873 13,515 13,796 2.1 16.2
Total 27,850 31,029 31,427 1.3 12.8
Truck Imports 13,211 14,387 14,387 0.0 8.9
Exports 9,691 10,467 10,747 2.7 10.9
Rail Imports 2,460 2,741 2,857 4.3 16.2
Exports 1,578 2,170 2,111 -2.7 33.7
Pipeline Imports 13 19 25 35.5 92.7
Exports 67 321 373 16.3 457.2

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 June 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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State June 2010 June 2011 Percent Change June 2010-2011
Value Rank Value Rank
Texas 9,877 1 11,146 1 12.8
California 4,220 2 4,769 2 13.0
Michigan 2,907 3 3,465 3 19.2
Illinois 921 5 1,151 4 25.0
Arizona 998 4 1,026 5 2.8
Ohio 738 6 806 6 9.2
Tennessee 564 7 608 7 7.9
Indiana 466 9 550 8 18.1
North Carolina 470 8 503 9 7.1
Georgia 458 10 455 10 -0.5

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding

Table 8. Percentage of U.S. Trade by Value with Canada and Mexico by Major Modes

June 2011 (Actual U.S. dollars)

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Mode Total Trade Value Percent
All Modes 90,662,620,257 100.0
All Land Modes 77,520,931,795 85.5
Air 3,831,918,148 4.2
Vessel 9,309,770,314 10.3

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

Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes are based on actual numbers prior to rounding (if applicable).