U.S. cross-border traffic with Mexico via truck and rail grew 3.7 percent from $34.3 billion in May 2012 to $35.57 billion this May, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The value of U.S. exports by truck to Mexico increased 6.3 percent year-over-year, but slipped 2.4 percent month-to-month to $13.17 billion in May. For January to May, the value of exports by truck was up 5.6 percent year-over-year.
U.S. exports by rail to Mexico rose 5 percent year-over-year to $2.42 billion. U.S. exports by rail inched up 0.9 percent from April’s level of $2.4 billion.
The value of U.S. imports by truck from Mexico in May 2013 slipped 1 percent year-over-year to $16.54 billion, from $16.7 billion in May 2012. U.S. import value also increased 1.7 percent from April's level. U.S. imports by truck in this lane were down 0.4 percent January through May year-over-year.
U.S. imports by rail from Mexico totaled $3.45 billion in May, soaring 18.5 percent year-over-year. U.S. rail import value from Mexico also increased 8 percent from the level reported for April. In the first five months of 2013, the value of U.S. rail imports from Mexico rose 14.2 percent from the same period in 2012.