February 1, 2013 8:00 AM, EST
NAFTA Surface Trade Rises 6.2% in November
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Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico was 6.2% higher in November than the same month a year earlier, the Department of Transportation reported Thursday.

Trade among the North American Free Trade Agreement partners rose to $81.5 billion, DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said in its monthly report.

Month-to-month trade, which is affected by seasonal factors, fell 4.5% from October, BTS said.

U.S.-Canada trade rose to $46.7 billion from an originally reported $44.3 billion a year earlier, while U.S.-Mexico trade increased to $34.8 billion from $32.4 billion.

Truck imports to the United States from the two countries rose 3.5% to $27.2 billion and exports rose 5.9% to $28.9 billion.

Rail imports increased 18.3 % to $9.6 billion, and exports rose 8.2% to $5.2 billion. Pipeline imports fell 7.5% to $5.2 billion, and exports increased 8.1% to $772 million.