The Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ analysis released today reported that trucks carried 59.3 percent of the trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, rail carried 14.3 percent, vessels 9.8 percent, pipelines, 8.1 percent and air 3.8 percent in January. Surface transportation modes (truck, rail, and pipeline) carried 81.7 percent of the total NAFTA trade.
In January 2013 53.1 percent of trade between the United States and Canada was carried by truck, 16.2 percent by rail, 13.9 percent by pipelines, 6.1 percent by vessels and 4.4 percent by air. According to the BTS the surface transportation modes (truck, rail, and pipeline) carried 83.1 percent of the total U.S.-Canada trade. Michigan led all states in trade with Canada in January. The top commodity category between the United States and Canada was mineral fuel, carried by pipeline.
BTS reported that trade between the United States and Mexico was carried by trucks 53.1 percent, by rail 16.2 percent, by pipeline 13.9 percent, by vessels 6.1 percent and by air 4.4 percent in January. Surface trade modes of truck, rail, and pipeline carried 79.9 percent of the total U.S.-Mexico trade. Texas led all states in trade with Mexico. Electrical machinery was the top commodity category transported between the United States in Mexico in January, carried by truck.
For more information and tables please refer the the U.S. Department of Transportation website.