"NAFTA Trade Jumped 11.8% in February (Journal of Commerce Online â Joseph Bonney) Trade carried by surface transportation totaled $66.5 billion Surface transportation trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico was 11.8% higher in value in February than a year earlier, the Transportation Department reported. The value of cross-border trade with the United Statesâ partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement totaled $66.5 billion. Trade with Canada rose 10.1% to $40 billion. Shipments to and from Mexico rose 14.5% to $26.6 billion. The total value of cross-border trade was up 38.8% from $47.9 million in February 2009, which was the lowest level of any month since February 2004. Trade value in February 2011 was down 4.1% from the early recession level of February 2008, unadjusted for inflation. Freight value in February fell 1.8% from January. Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors. In February, 86.4% of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land, 9.3% moved by vessel, and 4.3% moved by air."