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September 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 13.8 Percent from September 2010

September 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 13.8 Percent from September 2010

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North American Surface Trade, October 2009 - September 2011

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North American Surface Trade, October 2009 - September 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 13.8 percent higher in September 2011 than in September 2010, totaling $77.7 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 September 2011 rose 35.7 percent in two years from September 2009 and 8.3 percent in three years from September 2008 (Table 3).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in September increased by 22.8 percent when compared to September 2006, and also increased by 83.0 percent when compared to September 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in September were up 71.3 percent since September 2001, while exports were up 99.0 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 September, 85.6 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 9.8 percent moved by vessel, and 4.5 percent moved by air (Table 8).

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico decreased 3.3 percent in September 2011 from August 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 September 2010 with U.S.-Canada reaching $46.1 billion, a 14.7 percent increase, and U.S.-Mexico reaching $31.6 billion, a 12.5 percent increase. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 4 for Canada and Table 6 for Mexico.

In September trade by state, Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada as it has in previous years, at $6.0 billion, a 9.6 percent increase from September 2010 (Table 5). Texas also continued to lead all states in surface trade with Mexico at $11.1 billion, an 8.4 percent increase from September 2010 (Table 7). The value of surfacetrade between Connecticut and Mexico, mostly in precious metals and jewelry, showed an unusually large increase of 94 percent between September2010 and September2011, compared to the overall U.S. -Mexico increase of 12.5 percent..

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. 4, 2012.

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 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 80,406 25.3 18.3
September 57,294 68,324 77,725 19.3 13.8
October 61,400 70,565   14.9  
November 58,922 68,060   15.5  
December 58,465 66,530   13.8  
Year-to-date 457,908 586,175 674,190 28.0 15.0
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   September 2010 August 2011 September 2011 Percent Change August - September 2011 Percent Change September 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 36,573 42,685 41,914 -1.8 14.6
Exports 31,752 37,722 35,811 -5.1 12.8
Total 68,324 80,406 77,725 -3.3 13.8
Truck Imports 23,484 26,684 26,250 -1.6 11.8
Exports 24,981 29,328 27,824 -5.1 11.4
Rail Imports 7,466 7,951 8,597 8.1 15.1
Exports 3,858 4,853 4,688 -3.4 21.5
Pipeline Imports 4,489 6,492 5,917 -8.9 31.8
Exports 281 861 767 -11.0 172.5

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. September 2011 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
2010 14.6 12.8 13.8
2009 36.0 35.3 35.7
2008 4.0 13.7 8.3
2007 11.5 22.7 16.4
2006 15.7 32.3 22.8
2005 18.1 39.4 27.1
2004 33.2 52.7 41.5
2003 49.2 72.4 59.1
2002 60.0 82.7 69.7
2001 71.3 99.0 83.0

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   September 2010 August 2011 September 2011 Percent Change August - September 2011 Percent Change September 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 20,604 24,839 24,482 -1.4 18.8
Exports 19,616 22,648 21,637 -4.5 10.3
Total 40,220 47,488 46,119 -2.9 14.7
Truck Imports 10,550 11,895 11,965 0.6 13.4
Exports 15,293 17,406 16,712 -4.0 9.3
Rail Imports 4,757 5,281 5,730 8.5 20.5
Exports 2,136 2,608 2,553 -2.1 19.5
Pipeline Imports 4,474 6,465 5,884 -9.0 31.5
Exports 130 572 432 -24.4 232.5

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 September 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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State September 2010 September 2011 Percent Change September 2010-2011
Value Rank Value Rank
Michigan 5,437 1 5,958 1 9.6
Illinois 3,627 2 4,423 2 21.9
Ohio 2,515 4 2,892 3 15.0
California 2,794 3 2,798 4 0.2
New York 2,329 5 2,634 5 13.1
Texas 2,228 6 2,623 6 17.8
Pennsylvania 1,675 7 1,905 7 13.7
Washington 1,522 8 1,732 8 13.8
Minnesota 1,230 10 1,610 9 30.9
Indiana 1,370 9 1,477 10 7.8

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   September 2010 August 2011 September 2011 Percent Change August - September 2011 Percent Change September 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 15,969 17,845 17,432 -2.3 9.2
Exports 12,136 15,073 14,174 -6.0 16.8
Total 28,105 32,919 31,606 -4.0 12.5
Truck Imports 12,934 14,790 14,284 -3.4 10.4
Exports 9,688 11,923 11,113 -6.8 14.7
Rail Imports 2,709 2,670 2,866 7.4 5.8
Exports 1,721 2,244 2,134 -4.9 24.0
Pipeline Imports 15 27 33 21.9 112.8
Exports 151 289 334 15.5 120.9

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 September 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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State September 2010 September 2011 Percent Change September 2010-2011
Value Rank Value Rank
Texas 10,212 1 11,068 1 8.4
California 4,062 2 4,825 2 18.8
Michigan 3,410 3 3,636 3 6.6
Illinois 923 4 1,017 4 10.2
Ohio 790 5 867 5 9.7
Arizona 675 6 834 6 23.5
Tennessee 546 7 653 7 19.5
Indiana 483 9 607 8 25.7
Connecticut 269 19 524 9 94.3
North Carolina 430 11 518 10 20.4

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

September 2011 (Actual U.S. dollars)

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Mode Total Trade Value Percent
All Modes 90,771,112,765 100.0
All Land Modes 77,724,778,878 85.6
Air 4,108,965,213 4.5
Vessel 8,937,368,674 9.8

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).