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.
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.
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.
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.