DOT: Trucks moved 66 percent of the NAFTA freight in September

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 11/24/2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that in September trucks moved nearly 66 percent of all the international freight with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest.

The value of freight hauled across the borders increased by nearly 1 percent when compared with August when freight went down less than 1 percent. All modes carried less freight when compared with September 2014.

Trucks were responsible for more than $61 billion of the $93.2 billion of imports and exports in September. Rail came in second with a contribution of more than $13 billion.

Vessel and pipeline freight when compared with last year contributed to the yearly decline in U.S.-NAFTA trade flow, according to BTS. Freight totaled $93.2 billion, up more than $800 million from the previous month and down $9 billion from September 2014.

Pipeline freight experienced the steepest decline at nearly 42 percent, a steeper drop than August’s 33 percent decrease. Trucks experienced the lowest decline with a drop of only 0.1 percent. Across all modes, there was an 8.8 percent decrease when compared with the previous year.

Nearly 60 percent of U.S.-Canada freight was moved by trucks, followed by rail at 15.1 percent. U.S.-Mexico freight went up by 0.2 percent compared with September 2014. Of the $45 billion of freight moving in and out of Mexico, trucks carried nearly 73 percent of the loads.

Year-to-date, NAFTA freight has been down every month this year.

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