of U.S. trade by truck, rail, and pipeline with Canada and Mexico
fell in 2001, marking the first annual decline in the seven years
since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), the U.S. Department of Transportation reported.
was down 4.9 percent for 2001 with most of the decline taking
place after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The biggest decline
took place in surface imports from Canada. They dropped 14.4 percent
in the months following the terrorist attacks.
decline took place in truck trade, while rail trade fell more
modestly and pipeline trade actually increased. Trucks moved nearly
three-quarters of the total value of U.S. NAFTA surface trade
in 2001, slightly less than trucking's 2000 share.