In 2006, trucks accounted for 61 percent of trade between the U.S. and Canada.
That’s the finding from Transport Canada – the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – which recently released its annual report on the transportation industry north of the border.
The report also found cross-border trucking activity fell about 1 percent for 2006, comprising a total of 12.9 million two-way trips.
In addition, the report showed that Canadian for-hire trucking companies accounted for 80 percent of the total tonnage shipped within Canadian borders in 2006.
The survey found that there were 615,000 commercial trucks in Canada, and of those, 294,000 were Class 8 vehicles. Ontario has the most commercial trucks, with 37 percent of them calling that province home.
The trucking industry as a whole in Canada employs more than 350,000 people. Of those, more than 78,000 are owner-operators.