Commerce report from June: Trucks moved 65 percent of all freight

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, August 27, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that in June trucks moved 65 percent of all the international freight, with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. 

The value of freight hauled across the borders is the highest this year, with a nearly 7 percent increase when compared to May. All modes, except for trucks, carried less freight when compared with last June.

Although numbers are down for most modes when compared to last June, U.S.-NAFTA trade flow improved when compared to the month before, according to BTS. Freight totaled $99 billion, up more than $6 billion from the previous month but down nearly $4 billion from June 2014.

Pipeline freight experienced the steepest decline at 40 percent, a slight improvement from the 45.4 percent drop in May. Truck freight experienced the only net gain over the past 12 months with a 5.1 percent increase.

Trucks were responsible for nearly $65 billion of the $99 billion of imports and exports in June. Rail came in second with a contribution of nearly $15 billion. 

Nearly 60 percent of U.S.-Canada freight was moved by trucks, followed by rail at 15.2 percent. U.S.-Mexico freight went up by 4.4 percent compared with June 2014. Of the $47.1 billion of freight moving in and out of Mexico, trucks carried more than 70 percent of the loads.

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