NAFTA Trade

When the U.S., Canada and Mexico implemented the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, it opened the door for open trade by ending tariffs on various goods and services and creating an even playing field for the three markets. Today, agricultural goods such as eggs, corn and meats; manufactured products such as auto parts; and raw materials such as steel and lumber flow freely across the borders, primarily by truck and rail.

The U.S. exported more than $280 billion in goods to Canada in 2011, making its northern neighbor the largest source for outgoing products.  U.S. imports, at more than $315 billion, make Canada the second-largest source of inbound goods after China.

Exports to and imports from Mexico set record highs in 2011, with exports reaching $198.4 billion and imports hitting $262.9 billion.

The combined $1.1 trillion in combined trade among the three partners make NAFTA the second-largest trade bloc in the world, second only to the 27-member European Union.

News & Analysis

21 Aug 2017
US and Mexican Customs officials at a KCS-built facility will work to speed growing cross-border rail traffic at Laredo. 
02 Aug 2017
"National system issues" at US Customs and Border Protection alleged to cause truck backups at Canadian-US border crossings.
27 Jul 2017
Mexican trucking companies are urging lawmakers to stiffen penalties against cargo robberies.
06 Jun 2017
More than 11 million trucks transit the borders between the United States, Canada, and Mexico every year.
24 May 2017
Shippers moving cargo between the US and Mexico over the World Trade International Bridge have faced detours and delays since Monday.
04 Apr 2017
New service aims to smooth cross-border hurdles for shippers and provide greater supply chain visibility.

Commentary

controversial program Mexico installed on Jan. 1 that raises fuel prices by up to 20 percent soon will trickle down to trucking operators and ultimately to the automotive, white goods, and other manufacturers and suppliers surging into Mexico.