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Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Falls Again

The value of U.S.-Canada freight flows fell 2.5% to $46.5 billion between October 2015 and the same month in 2016. Truck shipments were down 3.1%.

The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada by all modes was vehicles and parts, of which $5.2 billion, or 56.9%, moved by truck and $3.8 billion, or 40.8%, moved by rail.

Overall, trucks carried 60.8% of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 16.1% followed by pipeline, 9.2%; air, 4.6%; and vessel, 2.9%. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86% of the value of total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

In all, total cross-border freight moved by all modes across all three NAFTA nations fell by 3.6% to $93.2 billion, marking the 21st monthly drop out of the past 22 months beginning in January 2015.

The value of commodities moved by truck decreased 6.1%.

Trucks carried 65.3% of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily used mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners.

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