Approximately 40 percent by value (75 percent in terms of tonnage) of cargo carried in U.S. foreign trade is carried on the water.
|Dollar Value Per Metric Ton||Mar-01||Mar-02|
|Exports percent change from same month previous year||12.50||-2.84|
|Imports percent change from same month previous year||-4.82||-2.21|
NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.
Data reported prior to the 3rd quarter of 1998 were collected and reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce and may not be completely comparable to data reported by the Maritime Administration.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Waterborne Databank, and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Waterborne Exports and General Imports, various issues, available at http://www.marad.dot.gov/statistics/usfwts/index.html.