DOT: Trucks moved 67 percent of NAFTA freight in October

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Monday, January 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that in October trucks moved more than 67 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 4 percent when compared with September when freight went up less than 1 percent from the previous month. All modes carried less freight when compared with October 2014.

Trucks were responsible for nearly $65 billion of the $96.6 billion of imports and exports in October. Rail came in second with a contribution of nearly $14 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 $96.6 billion, up more than $3 billion from the previous month and down nearly $12 billion from October 2014.

Pipeline freight experienced the steepest decline at nearly 52 percent, a steeper drop than September’s 42 percent decrease. Trucks experienced the lowest decline with a drop of only 2 percent. Across all modes, there was a 10.7 percent decrease when compared with the previous year.

More than 61 percent of U.S.-Canada freight was moved by trucks, followed by rail at 15.4 percent. U.S.-Mexico freight went down by 1.5 percent compared with October 2014. Of the $48.9 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 in 2015.

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