TABLE 6. Weight of U.S. Merchandise Imports Entering by Surface Modes: 2000-2008

TABLE 6. Weight of U.S. Merchandise Imports Entering by Surface Modes: 2000-2008

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Mode 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Percent change, 2000–2008 Percent change 2007–2008
U.S.-NAFTA imports
(from Canada and Mexico)
                     
Short tons, thousands
Truck 95,250 91,639 96,344 94,954 101,107 101,932 100,042 97,069 88,474 -7.1 -8.9
Rail 73,409 75,033 78,036 80,867 90,445 93,453 95,144 93,050 85,049 15.9 -8.6
Pipeline 76,129 75,399 74,826 78,009 82,614 80,824 89,428 90,569 94,991 24.8 4.9
Other 247 443 562 592 699 426 617 885 724 193.3 -18.2
TOTAL 245,035 242,514 249,768 254,421 274,864 276,635 285,232 281,573 269,238 9.9 -4.4
Relative percent share of weight
Truck 38.9 37.8 38.6 37.3 36.8 36.8 35.1 34.5 32.9 NA NA
Rail 30.0 30.9 31.2 31.8 32.9 33.8 33.4 33.0 31.6 NA NA
Pipeline 31.1 31.1 30.0 30.7 30.1 29.2 31.4 32.2 35.3 NA NA
Other 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 NA NA
TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 NA NA
U.S. imports from Canada                      
Short tons, thousands
Truck 72,445 69,120 72,960 71,043 72,903 71,798 68,755 65,559 58,030 -19.9 -11.5
Rail 66,094 66,632 69,421 72,650 81,122 82,561 83,327 81,947 75,089 13.6 -8.4
Pipeline 76,001 75,381 74,820 78,009 82,605 80,824 89,300 90,235 94,628 24.5 4.9
Other 95 263 103 225 404 342 260 798 573 505.2 -28.1
TOTAL 214,635 211,395 217,305 221,927 237,035 235,524 241,641 238,540 228,319 6.4 -4.3
Relative percent share of weight
Truck 33.8 32.7 33.6 32.0 30.8 30.5 28.5 27.5 25.4 NA NA
Rail 30.8 31.5 31.9 32.7 34.2 35.1 34.5 34.4 32.9 NA NA
Pipeline 35.4 35.7 34.4 35.2 34.8 34.3 37.0 37.8 41.4 NA NA
Other 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.3 NA NA
TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 NA NA
U.S. imports from Mexico                      
Short tons, thousands
Truck 22,805 22,520 23,384 23,912 28,203 30,134 31,288 31,510 30,444 33.5 -3.4
Rail 7,315 8,401 8,615 8,216 9,323 10,892 11,817 11,103 9,961 36.2 -10.3
Pipeline 129 18 5 0.1 9 U 128 334 363 182.4 8.9
Other 152 180 458 367 295 85 357 87 151 -1.0 73.5
TOTAL 30,400 31,119 32,463 32,495 37,829 41,111 43,591 43,033 40,919 34.6 -4.9
Relative percent share of weight
Truck 75.0 72.4 72.0 73.6 74.6 73.3 71.8 73.2 74.4 NA NA
Rail 24.1 27.0 26.5 25.3 24.6 26.5 27.1 25.8 24.3 NA NA
Pipeline 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 U 0.3 0.8 0.9 NA NA
Other 0.5 0.6 1.4 1.1 0.8 0.2 0.8 0.2 0.4 NA NA
TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 NA NA

KEY: NAFTA = North American Free Trade Agreement; NA = Not applicable; U = Data are unavailable.

NOTES: "Other" includes flyaway aircraft (i.e., aircraft moving from manufacturer to customer and not carrying any freight), vessels moving under their own power, pedestrians carrying freight, and miscellaneous. Weight data for U.S. exports are unavailable because U.S. exporters using land modes are not required to file this information. Totals may not add to 100 due to rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data, as of May 12, 2009.