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Motor vehicles, aircraft, ships, and rail locomotives are imported to and exported from the U.S. The trade balance (exports minus imports) shows that the U.S. imports more motor vehicles and parts than it exports. However, aircraft, spacecraft, and parts are exported more often than imported. Comparatively few water and rail vehicles are traded, thus the trade balance for those modes is small. Transportation vehicles make up 12% of the total of all commodities traded.

U.S. Trade Balance for Transportation Vehicles, 2009
Graph showing the U.S. trade balance for transportation vehicles (motor vehicles and parts; aircraft, spacecraft, and parts; ships, boats, and floating structures; railway or tramway locomotives and parts; and total transportation vehicle commodities. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

U.S. Trade in Transportation Vehicle Commodities, 2009
(Billion U.S. dollars)

  Exports Imports Total Trade Trade
Motor vehicles & parts 73.6 131.1 204.7 -57.5
Aircraft, spacecraft, & parts 83.0 18.3 101.3 64.6
Ships, boats, & floating structures 2.0 1.3 3.3 0.8
Railway or tramway locomotives & parts 2.2 1.3 3.5 1.0
Total, transportation vehicle commodities 160.8 151.9 312.8 8.9
Total, all commodities 1,056.9 1,557.9 2,614.8 -500.9
Vehicle commodities share of trade 15.2% 9.8% 12.0% 1.8%

Note: Total trade = exports plus imports. Trade Balance = exports minus imports.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Pocket Guide to Transportation, 2011, Table 4-5.

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