U.S. Surface Trade: U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico

U.S. Surface Trade: U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico

Value of U.S.-Canada Trade and U.S.-Mexico Trade (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

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Date Canada truck (billions) Canada rail (billions) Canada pipeline (billions) Mexico truck (billions) Mexico rail (billions) Mexico pipeline (billions)
Apr-93 12.826 2.747 0.715 3.533 0.902 0.036
May-93 12.903 2.816 0.747 3.625 0.830 0.032
Jun-93 13.065 2.864 0.783 4.433 1.009 0.029
Jul-93 10.272 2.264 0.744 4.108 0.776 0.025
Aug-93 11.951 2.356 0.756 4.351 0.732 0.026
Sep-93 12.625 2.635 0.792 4.394 1.050 0.026
Oct-93 13.011 3.026 0.766 4.654 0.984 0.027
Nov-93 12.934 2.986 0.741 4.933 1.034 0.018
Dec-93 11.549 2.714 0.778 4.552 1.010 0.010
Jan-94 11.378 2.521 0.718 5.214 0.822 0.002
Feb-94 11.978 2.805 0.801 5.402 0.915 0.011
Mar-94 14.982 3.535 0.795 6.348 1.057 0.021
Apr-94 13.635 3.643 0.749 5.535 0.949 0.015
May-94 14.391 3.616 0.776 6.258 0.979 0.032
Jun-94 15.028 3.776 0.802 6.359 1.007 0.019
Jul-94 11.417 3.009 0.859 5.772 0.814 0.019
Aug-94 14.658 3.545 0.897 6.685 0.868 0.013
Sep-94 14.944 4.402 0.877 6.569 1.079 0.021
Oct-94 15.287 4.729 0.811 6.809 1.161 0.013
Nov-94 15.914 4.599 0.870 7.110 1.096 0.022
Dec-94 14.995 3.735 0.908 6.021 1.215 0.000
Jan-95 14.737 4.353 0.981 6.448 1.072 0.009
Feb-95 14.725 4.660 0.822 6.312 1.085 0.000
Mar-95 17.166 4.401 0.943 7.110 1.115 0.001
Apr-95 15.292 4.881 0.930 5.951 0.959 0.000
May-95 16.259 5.074 0.912 6.714 1.042 0.000
Jun-95 15.799 4.874 0.944 6.507 1.162 0.000
Jul-95 12.515 3.460 0.869 5.841 1.031 0.000
Aug-95 15.888 4.678 0.908 7.064 1.132 0.000
Sep-95 15.884 4.955 0.790 6.824 1.190 0.001
Oct-95 17.322 4.638 0.871 7.341 1.332 0.016
Nov-95 16.506 4.779 0.866 6.865 1.311 0.000
Dec-95 14.296 4.516 0.893 5.951 1.401 0.000
Jan-96 15.421 4.320 1.040 6.768 1.533 0.006
Feb-96 16.005 4.939 0.931 6.892 1.539 0.000
Mar-96 17.096 4.761 0.963 7.326 1.410 0.000
Apr-96 17.098 4.899 1.037 7.168 1.486 0.000
May-96 17.691 5.058 1.056 7.847 1.525 0.000
Jun-96 17.370 4.767 1.101 7.280 1.631 0.000
Jul-96 14.710 3.821 1.118 7.428 1.367 0.001
Aug-96 16.481 4.961 1.058 7.989 1.551 0.000
Sep-96 17.967 4.499 1.074 7.982 1.285 0.000
Oct-96 18.205 4.267 1.157 9.493 1.481 0.002
Nov-96 17.752 4.859 1.134 8.228 1.333 0.000
Dec-96 15.346 4.338 1.290 8.042 1.276 0.000
Jan-97 16.370 4.036 1.447 8.041 1.225 0.001
Feb-97 16.788 4.475 1.423 8.434 1.474 0.002
Mar-97 17.937 4.568 1.288 8.739 1.537 0.006
Apr-97 18.279 4.621 1.236 9.415 1.368 0.000
May-97 18.885 3.945 0.989 8.811 1.540 0.009
Jun-97 17.389 4.427 0.976 9.379 1.598 0.009
Jul-97 15.551 3.427 1.013 9.243 1.580 0.012
Aug-97 16.897 4.414 1.153 9.748 1.505 0.007
Sep-97 18.640 4.355 1.074 10.087 1.603 0.008
Oct-97 18.915 4.911 1.079 11.047 1.809 0.008
Nov-97 17.875 4.605 1.047 9.857 1.697 0.009
Dec-97 17.462 3.766 1.335 9.508 1.357 0.001
Jan-98 17.220 3.413 1.324 9.576 1.288 0.001
Feb-98 18.531 4.048 1.129 9.787 1.477 0.000
Mar-98 20.218 5.055 0.869 11.119 1.694 0.001
Apr-98 19.395 4.797 0.840 10.458 1.458 0.001
May-98 20.119 3.637 0.831 10.275 1.613 0.009
Jun-98 18.972 3.953 0.918 10.352 1.472 0.010
Jul-98 15.177 2.868 0.932 9.945 1.277 0.011
Aug-98 17.883 3.404 0.811 10.287 1.566 0.011
Sep-98 19.272 4.335 0.833 11.256 1.519 0.010
Oct-98 19.901 4.791 0.939 12.112 1.686 0.004
Nov-98 19.257 4.726 0.903 10.882 1.584 0.008
Dec-98 17.717 4.625 0.883 10.268 1.585 0.009
Jan-99 17.713 4.325 0.881 9.778 1.471 0.008
Feb-99 18.796 5.155 0.695 10.425 1.510 0.009
Mar-99 21.740 5.339 0.770 11.804 1.717 0.009
Apr-99 19.890 5.340 0.816 11.079 1.522 0.012
May-99 20.369 4.939 0.801 11.151 1.895 0.013
Jun-99 22.196 4.004 0.928 12.236 1.608 0.010
Jul-99 17.058 3.712 0.965 11.644 1.809 0.012
Aug-99 20.578 4.973 1.128 12.638 1.757 0.014
Sep-99 20.961 4.806 1.072 12.593 1.801 0.017
Oct-99 21.441 5.026 1.290 13.733 1.772 0.010
Nov-99 21.767 5.291 1.347 13.554 1.617 0.013
Dec-99 19.533 5.100 1.475 12.736 1.927 0.017
Jan-00 20.029 5.115 1.716 12.181 2.001 0.013
Feb-00 21.522 5.197 1.559 13.080 2.438 0.015
Mar-00 24.354 6.114 1.709 15.255 2.556 0.019
Apr-00 21.358 5.486 1.563 13.431 2.739 0.015
May-00 23.057 5.468 1.539 13.950 2.667 0.029
Jun-00 23.080 5.452 1.883 14.759 2.904 0.022
Jul-00 17.912 3.977 1.837 13.525 2.500 0.039
Aug-00 22.038 5.173 1.986 15.945 2.656 0.018
Sep-00 21.546 4.959 2.018 15.120 2.809 0.031
Oct-00 22.867 5.310 2.072 15.859 2.992 0.030
Nov-00 21.422 5.633 2.017 15.191 2.800 0.069
Dec-00 18.456 4.762 3.380 12.763 2.491 0.014
Jan-01 19.575 4.961 3.099 13.403 2.447 0.012
Feb-01 18.688 4.932 2.323 13.122 2.638 0.044
Mar-01 21.805 5.508 2.359 14.530 2.986 0.014
Apr-01 20.637 5.178 2.638 12.919 2.574 0.038
May-01 21.813 5.309 2.687 14.172 2.625 0.010
Jun-01 21.272 5.432 2.482 13.683 2.875 0.021
Jul-01 16.823 3.841 2.463 12.605 2.566 0.004
Aug-01 19.715 5.222 2.074 14.334 2.781 0.041
Sep-01 18.571 4.983 1.435 12.514 2.659 0.048
Oct-01 20.248 5.105 1.716 14.689 3.067 0.029
Nov-01 19.173 5.171 1.515 13.366 2.753 0.030
Dec-01 16.504 4.528 1.339 11.264 2.475 0.006
Jan-02 17.781 4.620 1.591 12.542 2.375 0.038
Feb-02 18.379 5.170 1.263 12.150 2.449 0.015
Mar-02 20.250 5.744 1.727 12.904 2.782 0.014
Apr-02 20.950 5.346 1.697 13.814 2.652 0.033
May-02 21.558 5.547 1.903 14.213 2.766 0.035
Jun-02 20.784 4.869 1.774 13.449 2.736 0.053
Jul-02 17.783 3.774 1.756 13.377 2.364 0.057
Aug-02 20.195 5.601 1.732 14.218 2.544 0.063
Sep-02 20.058 5.041 1.891 13.846 2.552 0.058
Oct-02 21.383 5.490 2.089 15.352 2.716 0.066
Nov-02 19.902 5.073 1.973 13.977 2.762 0.074
Dec-02 17.221 4.665 2.590 11.676 2.237 0.063
Jan-03 18.632 4.892 2.679 12.875 2.193 0.068
Feb-03 18.926 4.969 2.835 12.301 2.385 0.012
Mar-03 21.242 5.789 3.720 13.472 2.627 0.016
Apr-03 20.565 5.527 2.351 13.184 2.629 0.009
May-03 21.562 5.321 2.948 13.545 2.792 0.015
Jun-03 21.249 5.306 2.481 13.344 2.741 0.002
Jul-03 17.700 4.056 2.551 13.334 2.349 0.007
Aug-03 18.633 5.105 2.711 13.434 2.660 0.006
Sep-03 21.273 5.618 2.416 14.234 2.696 0.003
Oct-03 21.881 6.300 2.516 15.945 2.803  

Surface freight is useful in monitoring the value and modal patterns of trade with Canada and Mexico, our North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners. Canada is our largest trading partner, while Mexico now ranks second. Surface modes include not only truck, rail, and pipeline (shown here), but also government mail and other miscellaneous modes.

U.S. - Canada Trade Oct-02 Oct-03
Truck (millions of dollars) 21,383 21,881
Percent change from same month previous year 5.61 2.33
Rail (millions of dollars) 5,490 6,300
Percent change from same month previous year 7.53 14.75
Pipeline (millions of dollars) 2,089 2,516
Percent change from same month previous year 21.71 20.41

 

U.S. - Mexico Trade Oct-02 Oct-03
Truck (millions of dollars) 15,352 15,945
Percent change from same month previous year 4.51 3.86
Rail (millions of dollars) 2,716 2,803
Percent change from same month previous year -11.46 3.20
Pipeline (millions of dollars) 66 6
Percent change from same month previous year 126.19 -90.48

NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

SOURCE: Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau by the U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Surface Freight Dataset; December, 2003; available at: http://www.bts.gov/ntda/tbscd/prod.html.