The value of U.S. traffic with North American Free Trade Agreement partners Mexico and Canada via truck was down in February 2013, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Despite the drop, truck traffic still made up 79.4 percent of the $65.77 billion in trade by truck and rail between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners.
U.S. exports by truck slipped 0.9 percent in terms of value to $27.24 billion, up from $27.49 billion in February 2012. The value of exports by truck was also down 2.8 percent from the level seen in January 2013. The combined value of truck exports during January and February 2013 was up 1.7 percent over the level seen during the same period in 2012.
The value of imports by truck fell more than 4 percent in February over the year before to $25.01 billion, which was down 2.6 percent from the value imported in January 2013. The value of imports by truck fell 1.3 percent year-over-year in the first two months of 2013.
U.S. rail exports to the rest of NAFTA remained flat year-over-year in February but jumped 5.2 percent month-to-month to $4.75 billion. In the first two months of 2013 rail export value edged down 0.5 percent from the same period in 2012.
The value of U.S. imports by rail from its NAFTA partners in February increased 1.2 percent year-over-year to $8.77 billion; this was also up 4.6 percent from the level seen in January 2013. Rail import value was up 4.5 percent this January and February from the level reported for the same months in 2012.