NAFTA surface trade goes up in May

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, was 8.3 percent higher in May than in May 2011, totaling $83.8 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Adjusted for inflation and exchange rates, the May total was $60.7 billion in 2004 dollars, up 11.7 percent from the year before.

Texas continued to lead all states in surface trade with Mexico at $12.9 billion, a 15.6 percent increase from May 2011, according to The Trucker. This amount is the highest on record, surpassing the $12.6 billion in Texas- Mexico trade in March.

In May, Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada, at $6.5 billion, a 2.6 percent increase from May 2011. Of the top 10 states by value, California had the largest percentage increase over May 2011, at 29.7 percent.

U.S.-Mexico trade reached $35.6 billion, a 14.9 percent increase.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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