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BTS Releases North American Freight Numbers for February

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BTS Releases North American Freight Numbers for February

Postby admin » Wed May 01, 2013 8:30 pm

BTS Releases North American Freight Numbers for February
Trucks transported 59% of U.S.-NAFTA trade in February 2013

Trucks carried 59.1 percent of the $88.4 billion of freight moved in February 2013 between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, followed by rail at 15.3 percent, vessels at 9.7 percent, pipelines at 7.7 percent and air at 3.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Figure 3). The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.1 percent of the total NAFTA freight flows.

BTS, a part of the Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that in February, for freight flows with Canada, trucks carried 54.4 percent of the $48.9 billion, followed by rail at 17.0 percent, pipelines at 13.3 percent, vessels at 5.3 percent and air at 4.4 percent (Figure 3A and Table 4). The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 84.7 percent of the total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

For freight flows with Mexico in February, trucks carried 64.8 percent of the $39.6 billion, followed by vessels at 15.2 percent, rail at 13.2 percent, air at 2.8 percent and pipelines at 0.8 percent (Figure 3B and Table 7). The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 78.8 percent of the total U.S.-Mexico freight flows.

Beginning with January 2013, BTS monthly TransBorder press releases contain data for all modes of transportation. Press releases and the BTS website now define surface transportation modes as truck, rail and pipeline. Data on surface modes can be found in Figure 3 and in Tables 2, 3, 4 and 7. See North American Transborder Freight Data on the BTS website for additional data for surface modes since 1995 and all modes since 2004.
The value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation decreased by 1.0 percent from February 2012 and rose 61.8 percent from February 2009, the lowest February during the last recession (Table 3). Goods moving by truck, pipeline, and air each declined, while rail and vessel transportation both increased from the same month last year. Data in this press release are not adjusted for inflation, except for the monthly totals illustrated in Figure 2 for comparison.

All modes of transportation cited in the following tables include freight movements by truck, rail, vessel, pipeline, air, other and unknown modes of transport. Figure 3 below provides a breakdown by value and percentage of each mode of freight transportation used in moving goods between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners in February. The dotted slices represent surface modes, which accounted for 82.1 percent of the total. By value, truck is the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners, accounting for $27.2 billion of exports and $25.0 billion of imports.

Freight flows on all modes of transportation between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners decreased 2.3 percent in February 2013 from January 2013, measured in current dollars (Table 2). Freight moving across the border by truck decreased by 2.7 percent, while freight moving by rail increased by 4.8 percent from one month prior. Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal factors such as the number of days in each month.

From February 2012 to February 2013, the value of freight carried by truck fell by 2.5 percent while the value of freight carried by rail increased 0.8 percent. For statistics by mode and individual NAFTA partner, see Table 4 for Canada and Table 7 for Mexico.

In February, Michigan led all states in goods transported to and from Canada, at $6.0 billion (Table 5). New York had the largest year-to-year percentage increase among the top 10 states, at 6.1 percent. Indiana had the largest year-to-year decrease at 16.4 percent. The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada in February was mineral fuels moved by pipeline, valued at $6.5 billion, of which $5.7 billion was imported (Table 6).

Texas continued to lead all states in goods transported to and from Mexico by all modes of transportation at $15.4 billion (Table 8). Louisiana had the largest year-to-year percentage increase among the top 10 states, at 64.9 percent. California had the largest year-to-year decrease at 7.5 percent. The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Mexico in February was electrical machinery moved by truck, valued at $6.5 billion, of which $3.9 billion was imported (Table 9).
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