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NAFTA Surface Trade Rises 6.6% in June

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 6.6% in June from a year ago, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

Trade among the North American Free Trade Agreement partners rose to $82.6 billion, DOT’s Bureau of Trade Statistics said in its monthly report.

Month-to-month trade, which is affected by seasonal factors, dropped 1.4% from May.

U.S.-Canada trade rose 5% to $48.4 billion, while U.S.-Mexico trade jumped 8.8% to $34.2 billion.

Truck imports to the United States from the two countries rose 5.7% year-over-year to $27.7 billion. Exports rose 7.6% to $29.9 billion.

Rail imports rose 16.4% to $9.4 billion and exports gained 17.2% to $5.3 billion. Pipeline imports fell 12.5% to $5.5 billion, while exports plunged 33.7% to $675 million.

Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. About 90% of U.S. trade among NAFTA partners moves by land.

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