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November 27, 2012 2:00 PM, EST
NAFTA Surface Trade Falls for First Time Since 2009
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Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico fell 0.1% in September from the same month last year, the first decrease since November 2009, the Department of Transportation reported.

Trade among the North American Free Trade Agreement partners was $77.7 billion, DOT’s Bureau of Trade Statistics said in its monthly report.

Month-to-month trade, which is affected by seasonal factors, fell 5.8% from August, BTS said.

U.S.-Canada trade declined 0.9% to $54.7 billion due to lower imports from Canada, while U.S.-Mexico trade rose 1.2% to $32 billion.

Truck imports to the United States from the two countries fell 2.8% year-over-year to $25.5 billion, while exports fell 0.6% to $27.6 billion.

Rail imports increased 4.4% to $9 billion, while exports gained 7.8% to $5.1 billion. Pipeline imports declined 15.9% to $5 billion, while exports fell 28.9% to $988 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.