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July 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.1 Percent from July 2010

July 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.1 Percent from July 2010

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North American Surface Trade, August 2009 - July 2011

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North American Surface Trade, August 2009 - July 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 18.1 percent higher in July 2011 than in July 2010, totaling $72.4 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 July 2011 rose 40.4 percent in two years from July 2009, but has still only risen 1.0 percent above the level of July 2008 (Table 3).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in July increased by 29.4 percent when compared to July 2006, and also increased by 77.1 percent when compared to July 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in July were up 60.7 percent since July 2001, while exports were up 100.8 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 July, 85.2 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 10.8 percent moved by vessel, and 4.1 percent moved by air (Table 8 numbers do not add to 100.0 percent due to rounding).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico decreased 6.7 percent in July 2011 from June 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 July 2010 with U.S.-Canada reaching $42.5 billion, a 17.0 percent increase, and U.S.-Mexico reaching $29.9 billion, a 19.7 percent increase. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 4 for Canada and Table 6 for Mexico.

In July trade by state, Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada as it has in previous years, at $4.5 billion, a 27.7 percent increase from July 2010 (Table 5). Texas also continued to lead all states in surface trade with Mexico at $10.7 billion, a 16.3 percent increase from July 2010 (Table 7).

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. 1.

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 Change2009-2010 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 72,363 18.8 18.1
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 346,360 449,886 516,059 29.9 14.7
Annual 636,695 791,329   24.3  

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

Note: Numbers might 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   July 2010 June 2011 July 2011 Percent Change June - July 2011 Percent Change July 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 32,499 41,747 38,788 -7.1 19.4
Exports 28,761 35,774 33,576 -6.1 16.7
Total 61,260 77,521 72,363 -6.7 18.1
Truck Imports 21,345 26,201 23,695 -9.6 11.0
Exports 22,903 27,745 25,872 -6.8 13.0
Rail Imports 5,560 8,036 7,644 -4.9 37.5
Exports 3,283 4,507 4,389 -2.6 33.7
Pipeline Imports 4,805 6,345 6,349 0.1 32.1
Exports 229 1,018 796 -21.9 246.9

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

Notes: Numbers might 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 2011 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
2010 19.4 16.7 18.1
2009 40.5 40.3 40.4
2008 -3.6 7.0 1.0
2007 10.4 25.8 17.0
2006 21.0 40.6 29.4
2005 35.1 60.0 45.6
2004 37.8 68.4 50.5
2003 57.3 87.1 69.8
2002 61.1 93.7 74.7
2001 60.7 100.8 77.1

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 2010 June 2011 July 2011 Percent Change June - July 2011 Percent Change July 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 18,599 24,115 22,374 -7.2 20.3
Exports 17,732 21,979 20,138 -8.4 13.6
Total 36,331 46,094 42,512 -7.8 17.0
Truck Imports 9,293 11,813 10,422 -11.8 12.2
Exports 13,670 16,998 15,304 -10.0 12.0
Rail Imports 3,988 5,179 4,806 -7.2 20.5
Exports 1,997 2,396 2,335 -2.5 17.0
Pipeline Imports 4,788 6,320 6,318 0.0 32.0
Exports 181 645 563 -12.7 211.0

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

Notes: Numbers might 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 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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State July 2010 July 2011 Percent Change July 2010-2011
Value Rank Value Rank
Michigan 3,544 1 4,524 1 27.7
Illinois 3,431 2 4,474 2 30.4
New York 2,168 5 2,435 3 12.3
Ohio 2,417 4 2,392 4 -1.1
Texas 2,046 6 2,374 5 16.0
California 2,514 3 2,213 6 -11.9
Pennsylvania 1,585 7 1,753 7 10.6
Washington 1,507 8 1,696 8 12.5
Minnesota 1,128 10 1,548 9 37.2
Indiana 1,273 9 1,352 10 6.2

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

Notes: Numbers might 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   July 2010 June 2011 July 2011 Percent Change June - July 2011 Percent Change July 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 13,900 17,632 16,413 -6.9 18.1
Exports 11,029 13,796 13,438 -2.6 21.8
Total 24,929 31,427 29,851 -5.0 19.7
Truck Imports 12,052 14,387 13,273 -7.7 10.1
Exports 9,233 10,747 10,568 -1.7 14.5
Rail Imports 1,572 2,857 2,838 -0.7 80.6
Exports 1,287 2,111 2,053 -2.7 59.6
Pipeline Imports 17 25 31 25.2 80.2
Exports 48 373 233 -37.6 381.3

Notes: Numbers might 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 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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State July 2010 July 2011 Percent Change July 2010-2011
Value Rank Value Rank
Texas 9,225 1 10,726 1 16.3
California 3,696 2 4,498 2 21.7
Michigan 2,166 3 3,308 3 52.8
Illinois 902 4 1,072 4 18.9
Arizona 756 5 779 5 3.1
Ohio 680 6 753 6 10.7
Indiana 435 9 550 7 26.3
Tennessee 506 7 545 8 7.7
North Carolina 484 8 496 9 2.3
Pennsylvania 401 10 420 10 4.9

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding

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

July 2011 (Actual U.S. dollars)

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Mode Total Trade Value Percent
All Modes 84,951,779,804 100.0
All Land Modes 72,363,441,184 85.2
Air 3,446,839,414 4.1
Vessel 9,141,499,206 10.8

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

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