The value of all the goods shipped between the U.S. and countries outside of North America that passed through Canada or Mexico in 2010 increased 8.5 percent from 2009, down 9.1 percent from 2008.
According to a new database of transshipment released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics in June, $60.8 billion worth of goods was transshipped to and from the U.S. through Canada or Mexico in 2010.
Transshipments are shipments of merchandise from a country of origin to a country of ultimate destination through an intermediary country.
The BTS transshipment data show the dollar value of shipments between the U.S. and other countries that travel through Canada or Mexico, as well as the weight of imported goods. Countries of origin or destination, U.S. state of origin or destination, commodity and port of entry numbers can also be found on the database.
The transshipment numbers on the new database are not included in BTS’ monthly North American Transborder Freight Data, which consists of data on shipments to and from Canada and Mexico. Annual transshipment data from 2006 to 2010 can be found on the BTS web site.