Truck crossings into U.S. down last year

| 6/19/2002

Truck crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico fell by 4.2 percent from 2000 to 2001, the first annual decline since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics released the data, which says total truck crossings dropped from 11.6 million in 2000 to 11.1 million in 2001. The decreases were similar in magnitude on both the Canadian and Mexican borders.

The three steepest percentage drops were in Michigan, the leading state of entry on the Canadian border; Texas, the leading state of entry on the Mexican border; and Washington.

Heightened security following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and a downturn in the U.S. economy are probable reasons for the decline, the DOT said. Truck entries into the United States dropped by more than 8 percent in September 2001 from September 2000.