Canada Trade Up In December; Michigan Tops Trading States

Gongwer News Service

Surface trade with Canada was up 11.2 percent in December from the same month in 2010, and Michigan saw the largest portion of that trade pass across its borders, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report showed $44.2 billion in trade with Canada in December 2011 using trucks, rail and other surface routes. Of that, $5.59 billion passed through Michigan, a 19.7 percent increase from the year prior.

Illinois was second in trade with Canada at $4.76 billion, representing a 24.4 percent increase.

Michigan also made the top 10 in trade with Mexico during the month, with $3.65 billion, a 24.9 percent increase, of the $30 billion that moved across the nation’s southern border.

Total trade with Mexico was up 12.1 percent from the year prior, the report said.

Texas, with $10.28 billion, and California, with $4.46 billion, were the top Mexican trading states.