U.S. cross-border traffic with Mexico via truck and rail jumped 8.1 percent in July 2013, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Both imports and exports via these modes of surface transportation were up year-over-year for the first time since April.
The value of U.S. exports by truck to Mexico rose 11.1 percent year-over-year and 7.5 percent month-to-month to $13.0 billion in July. Truck exports have experienced four consecutive months of year-over-year increases, with July seeing an accelerated increase after two months of single-digit growth. For January to July, the value of U.S. exports by truck to Mexico was up 6.0 percent year-over-year.
U.S. exports by rail to Mexico rose 8.4 percent year-over-year to $2.3 billion, after declining 2.1 percent in June; exports were also up 1.4 percent month-to-month. Through July, U.S. exports via rail to Mexico were down 0.3 percent in value terms year-over-year.
The value of U.S. imports by truck from Mexico in July 2013 increased 4.8 percent year-over-year to $15.2 billion, from $14.5 billion in July 2012. This followed two straight months of decreases, in a lane that has only seen three months with year-over-year growth so far in 2013. U.S. import value also inched up 0.3 percent from June's level. U.S. imports by truck in this lane were down 0.1 percent year-over-year in the first seven months of 2013.
U.S. imports by rail from Mexico totaled $3.6 billion in July, climbing 11.1 percent year-over-year. U.S. rail import value from Mexico slipped 2.8 percent from the level reported for June. In the first seven months of 2013, the value of U.S. rail imports from Mexico rose 13.2 percent from the same period in 2012.