November NAFTA only second month in two years to experience an increase

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Friday, January 20, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in November trucks moved nearly 65 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. All five modes experienced an increase compared to November 2015.

The value of freight hauled across the borders decreased by more than 2 percent compared with October when freight was up more than 2 percent from the previous month, bringing the freight flow back to September levels. Year-to-date, nine of 11 months experienced a loss compared to the previous year.

Compared to November 2015, freight was up 3.3 percent. August was the only other month to experience a year-to-year increase in 2016 at 0.7 percent, and the first since December 2014 when freight increased by more than 5 percent. 

Trucks were responsible for nearly $59 billion of the $91.1 billion of imports and exports in November. Rail came in second with nearly $14 billion. 

Freight totaled $91.089 billion, down more than $2 billion from the previous month and an increase of nearly $3 billion from November 2015.

Pipeline freight experienced the largest increase at 30.6 percent after an increase of 21.8 percent in October. Trucks had a 0.6 percent increase, the smallest increase and the first for trucking after two straight months of decreases.
 
Nearly 60 percent of U.S.-Canada freight was moved by trucks, followed by rail at 16 percent. U.S.-Mexico freight went up by 4.5 percent compared with November 2015. Of the $45 billion of freight moving in and out of Mexico, trucks carried more than 70 percent of the loads.

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