U.S.-Canada Freight Flows Increase by Double Digits

The value of U.S.-Canada freight flows increased by 11.4% to $51.2 billion between May 2016 and May 2017 as the value of freight on all five major modes increased from a year earlier.

The value of freight carried on pipeline increased by 66%, vessel by 26%, rail by 9.8%, air by 9.7%, and truck by 5.4%.

Trucks carried 57.8% of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 16.4% followed by pipeline, 10.5%; air, 4.5%; and vessel, 3.8%.

The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada was vehicles and parts, of which $5.5 billion, or 55.8%, moved by truck and $4.1 billion, or 41.2%, moved by rail.

Overall, U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $98.2 billion for the month, resulting in a 9.4% increase.

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