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September 2016 North American Freight Numbers

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Month201420152016 Percent Change 2014-2015 Percent Change 2015-2016
January90,32689,25882,430-1.2-7.7
February89,55785,72384,038-4.3-2.0
March101,47896,07090,462-5.3-5.8
April100,14193,32790,380-6.8-3.2
May103,94292,70789,840-10.8-3.1
June102,97899,03092,671-3.8-6.4
July101,07592,99583,725-8.0-10.0
August100,62492,44293,126-8.10.7
September102,24593,24691,126-8.8-2.3
October108,24396,624 -10.7
November96,25288,154 -8.4
December95,81186,748 -9.5
Year-to-date892,366834,799797,798-6.5-4.4
Annual1,192,6711,106,325 -7.2
Notes: 

Note: Values in millions of dollars. Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding.  Percent change based on numbers prior to rounding.

Source: 

Source: EmEdjimurjE, ,

Two transportation modes – rail and air – carried more U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in September 2016 compared to September 2015 as total freight on all modes decreased 2.3 percent to $91.1 billion in current dollars, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s EmEdjimurjE (BTS).

The total value of cross-border freight has declined from the same month of the previous year in 20 of the past 21 months beginning in January 2015 with only an increase of 0.7 percent in August 2016.

Mode September 2015 September 2016 Percent Change September 2015-2016
All ModesImports50,49748,755-3.4
Exports42,75042,371-0.9
Total93,24691,126-2.3
All Surface ModesImports44,47343,160-3.0
Exports34,96534,785-0.5
Total79,43877,946-1.9
TruckImports31,70530,100-5.1
Exports29,58028,865-2.4
Total61,28558,965-3.8
RailImports8,8579,5457.8
Exports4,5704,9538.4
Total13,42714,4988.0
PipelineImports3,9123,515-10.1
Exports81596718.7
Total4,7264,482-5.2
VesselImports2,6782,414-9.8
Exports2,5812,487-3.6
Total5,2584,901-6.8
AirImports1,6041,6462.7
Exports2,0472,1273.9
Total3,6513,7733.4
Notes: 

Notes: Values in millions of current dollars. Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding.   Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.  The value of trade for all modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail, pipeline, vessel and air modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation.  For additional detail, please refer to the “Data Fields” section of the .

Source: 

Source: EmEdjimurjE,

The value of commodities moving by rail and air increased 8.0 percent and 3.4 percent respectively, while the value of freight carried on other modes decreased: truck, 3.8 percent; pipeline, 5.2 percent and vessel, 6.8 percent.

Trucks carried 64.7 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $30.1 billion of the $48.8 billion of imports (61.7 percent) and $28.9 billion of the $42.4 billion of exports (68.1 percent).

Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.9 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 5.4 percent; pipeline, 4.9 percent; and air, 4.1 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.5 percent of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

U.S.-Canada Freight

ModePercent Change
Truck-3.5
Rail3.9
Pipeline-6.5
Vessel-30.3
Air-0.7
All Modes-4.4
Source: 

 EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

From September 2015 to September 2016, the value of U.S.-Canada freight flows fell 4.4 percent to $46.2 billion mainly due to decreases in the value of goods moved by vessel and pipeline. All modes of transportation except rail carried a lower value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier (Figure 3, Table 3).

Trucks carried 59.6 percent of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 16.4 percent followed by pipeline, 9.0 percent; air, 5.1 percent; and vessel, 2.9 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.0 percent of the value of total U.S.-Canada freight flows (Table 3).

U.S.-Mexico Freight

ModePercent Change
Truck-4.0
Rail12.9
Pipeline15.3
Vessel7.1
Air10.9
All Modes0.0
Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

From September 2015 to September 2016, the value of U.S.-Mexico freight decreased 0.04 percent to $44.9 billion despite four modes of transportation – pipeline, rail, air, and vessel – carrying a higher value of U.S.-Mexico freight than a year earlier. Truck, which accounts for 69.9 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico, was down 4.0 percent. Freight carried by pipeline increased by 15.3 percent, rail by 12.9 percent, air by 10.9 percent, and vessel by 7.1 percent.

Rail carried 15.4 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico followed by vessel, 7.9 percent; air, 3.1 percent; and pipeline, 0.8 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.1 percent of the value of total U.S.-Mexico freight flows.

Commodities

In September 2016, the top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Canada by all modes was vehicles and parts, of which $5.2 billion, or 55.9 percent, moved by truck and $3.9 billion, or 41.8 percent, moved by rail. The top commodity category transported between the U.S. and Mexico by all modes in September 2016 was electrical machinery, of which $7.4 billion, or 81.8 percent, moved by truck.

Reporting Notes

BTS press releases and the BTS website define surface transportation modes as truck, rail and pipeline. See  on the BTS website for additional data for surface modes since 1995 and all modes since 2004. The category of all modes of transportation cited in the following tables includes freight movements by truck, rail, vessel, pipeline, air,  and unknown modes of transport. 

Data in this press release are not seasonally adjusted and are not adjusted for inflation. Additional summary data adjusted for inflation and exchange rates can be found on the BTS website under . The BLS indexes used in the adjustments for inflation and exchange rates might be revised in each of the three months after original publication. For previous press releases and summary tables, see .  See  for data from previous months, and for additional state, port, and commodity data. BTS has scheduled the release of October TransBorder numbers for Jan. 5.

(millions of current dollars)
Month201420152016Percent Change 2014-2015Percent Change 2015-2016
January90,32689,25882,430-1.2-7.7
February89,55785,72384,038-4.3-2.0
March101,47896,07090,462-5.3-5.8
April100,14193,32790,380-6.8-3.2
May103,94292,70789,840-10.8-3.1
June102,97899,03092,671-3.8-6.4
July101,07592,99583,725-8.0-10.0
August100,62492,44293,126-8.10.7
September102,24593,24691,126-8.8-2.3
October108,24396,624 -10.7
November96,25288,154 -8.4
December95,81186,748 -9.5
Year-to-date892,366834,799797,798-6.5-4.4
Annual1,192,6711,106,325 -7.2
Notes: 

Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding. Percent change based on numbers prior to rounding.

Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

(millions of current dollars)
Mode September 2015 September 2016 Percent Change September 2015-2016
All ModesImports50,49748,755-3.4
Exports42,75042,371-0.9
Total93,24691,126-2.3
All Surface ModesImports44,47343,160-3.0
Exports34,96534,785-0.5
Total79,43877,946-1.9
TruckImports31,70530,100-5.1
Exports29,58028,865-2.4
Total61,28558,965-3.8
RailImports8,8579,5457.8
Exports4,5704,9538.4
Total13,42714,4988.0
PipelineImports3,9123,515-10.1
Exports81596718.7
Total4,7264,482-5.2
VesselImports2,6782,414-9.8
Exports2,5812,487-3.6
Total5,2584,901-6.8
AirImports1,6041,6462.7
Exports2,0472,1273.9
Total3,6513,7733.4
Notes: 

Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail, pipeline, vessel and air modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation. For additional detail, please refer to the “Data Fields” section of the TransBorder web page: 

Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

(millions of current dollars)
Mode September 2015 September 2016 Percent Change September 2015-2016
All ModesImports25,14023,666-5.9
Exports23,15522,525-2.7
Total48,29546,191-4.4
All Surface ModesImports21,81320,899-4.2
Exports18,46018,366-0.5
Total40,27339,265-2.5
TruckImports12,88412,376-3.9
Exports15,66315,171-3.1
Total28,54727,547-3.5
RailImports5,0375,024-0.2
Exports2,2572,55113.0
Total7,2937,5753.9
PipelineImports3,8923,499-10.1
Exports54064419.3
Total4,4324,143-6.5
VesselImports1,068834-21.9
Exports884527-40.4
Total1,9521,361-30.3
AirImports1,0481,010-3.5
Exports1,3341,3551.6
Total2,3822,365-0.7
Notes: 

Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail, pipeline, vessel and air modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation. For additional detail, please refer to the “Data Fields” section of the TransBorder web page: 

Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

(billions of current dollars)
ModeCommoditiesExportsImportsTotal
All ModesVehicles and Parts4.25.19.3
TruckVehicles and Parts2.62.65.2
RailVehicles and Parts1.42.53.9
PipelineMineral Fuels0.63.54.1
VesselMineral Fuels0.30.60.9
AirElectrical Machinery0.30.20.4
Notes: 

Import and export numbers might not add to totals due to rounding.

Source: 

 EmEdjimurjE, 

Mode September 2015 September 2016 Percent Change September 2015-2016
All ModesImports25,35625,089-1.1
Exports19,59519,8461.3
Total44,95144,935-0.04
All Surface ModesImports22,66122,261-1.8
Exports16,50516,419-0.5
Total39,16538,681-1.2
TruckImports18,82117,724-5.8
Exports13,91713,694-1.6
Total32,73731,418-4.0
RailImports3,8214,52118.3
Exports2,3132,4023.8
Total6,1346,92312.9
PipelineImports1916-15.5
Exports27532317.5
Total29433915.3
VesselImports1,6101,580-1.9
Exports1,6971,96015.5
Total3,3063,5407.1
AirImports55663614.3
Exports7137728.3
Total1,2691,40810.9
Notes: 

Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail, pipeline, vessel and air modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation. For additional detail, please refer to the “Data Fields” section of the TransBorder web page: 

Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

(billions of current dollars)
ModeCommoditiesExportsImportsTotal
All ModesElectrical Machinery3.65.59.1
TruckElectrical Machinery2.94.57.4
RailVehicles and Parts0.43.03.5
PipelineMineral Fuels0.30.00.3
VesselMineral Fuels1.20.82.0
AirElectrical Machinery0.30.20.4
Notes: 

Numbers might not add to totals due to rounding.

Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, 

Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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