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NAFTA numbers decrease again

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 33.1 percent lower in April 2009 than in April 2008, dropping to $49.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

April was the fourth consecutive month with a yearly decline of greater than 27 percent.

BTS reports that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico fell 2.6 percent in March 2009 from April 2009.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in April was down 6.5 percent compared to April 2004, but still up 22 percent compared to April 1999. Imports in April were up 19.5 percent compared to April 1999, while exports were up 24.9 percent.

U.S.–Canada surface transportation trade totaled $30.2 billion in April, down 38.2 percent compared to April 2008. The value of imports carried by truck was 32.8 percent lower in April 2009 compared to April 2008, while the value of exports carried by truck was 31.2 percent lower during this period.

U.S.–Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $19.5 billion in April, down 23.4 percent compared to April 2008. The value of imports carried by truck was 22 percent lower in April 2009 than April 2008 while the value of exports carried by truck was 18 percent lower.

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