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BTS releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for February
February 2012 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico rose 17.4 percent from February 2011

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 17.4 percent higher in February 2012 than in February 2011, totaling $78.1 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the February 2012 value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico, the United States’ North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, rose 12.6 percent from February 2008, which was two months after the start of the recession, and 63.0 percent from February 2009, in the middle of the recession. 

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in February increased by 87.3 percent compared to February 2002, a period of 10 years. Imports in February were up 75.9 percent since February 2002, while exports were up 102.8 percent. 

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones, and other. In February, 87.4 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved via land, 8.7 percent moved by vessel, and 3.9 percent moved by air.

 U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade in February 2012 both increased compared to February 2011 with U.S.-Canada reaching $45.4 billion, a 13.7 percent increase, and U.S.-Mexico reaching $32.7 billion, a 23.0 percent increase. For trade statistics by mode, see Table 4 for Canada and Table 6 for Mexico. 

See BTS Transborder Data Release for summary tables, state rankings and additional data. See North American Transborder Freight Data for historical data.