Nearly 62 percent of NAFTA freight moved by truck in December

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 2/23/2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in December trucks moved nearly 62 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. Three of five modes experienced an increase compared to December 2015.

The value of freight hauled across the borders decreased by more than 4 percent compared with November when freight was down more than 2 percent from the previous month. Nine of 12 months experienced a loss compared to the previous year in 2016.

Compared to December 2015, freight was up 0.4 percent. August and November were the only other months to experience a year-to-year increase in 2016 at 0.7 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively. August was the first year-to-year increase since December 2014 when freight increased by more than 5 percent. 

Trucks were responsible for nearly $54 billion of the $87.1 billion of imports and exports in November. Rail came in second with more than $13 billion. 

Freight totaled $87.086 billion, down more than $4 billion from the previous month and an increase of more than $330 million from December 2015.

Pipeline freight experienced the largest increase at 30.9 percent after an increase of 30.6 percent in November. Trucks had a 2 percent decrease, the largest decrease after experiencing the smallest increase in November when all five modes went up.
Nearly 57 percent of U.S.-Canada freight was moved by trucks, followed by rail at 15.2 percent. U.S.-Mexico freight went up by 2.1 percent compared with December 2015. Of the $42.6 billion of freight moving in and out of Mexico, trucks carried more than 67 percent of the loads.

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