North American Transborder Freight Data

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January 2020 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

Release Number: 
BTS 15-20
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
 

Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in January 2020:

  • Total Transborder Freight: $97.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 1.5% compared to January 2019
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $61.1 billion of freight, down 3.2% compared to January 2019
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $13.4 billion of freight, up 3.9% compared to January 2019

Truck Freight: $61.1 billion (62.9% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:

U.S.-Canada: $26.1 billion (54.4% of all northern border freight)

U.S.-Mexico: $35.0 billion (71.1% of all southern border freight)

  • Compared to January 2019:

U.S.-Canada down 3.3%

U.S.-Mexico down 3.2%

  • Three busiest truck border ports (46.8% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Laredo, TX                                    $14.4 billion
    • Detroit, MI                                    $8.5 billion
    • El Paso, TX                                    $5.7 billion
  • Top three truck commodities (49.5% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Computers and parts                    $12.4  billion
    • Electrical machinery                      $9.7  billion
    • Motor vehicles and parts               $8.2  billion
(Dollars in Billions)
ModeValue
Truck 61.1
Rail 13.4
Vessel 8.1
Pipeline 6.5
Air 3.8

Rail Freight: $13.4 billion (13.8% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:

U.S.-Canada: $7.4 billion (15.4% of all northern border freight)

U.S.-Mexico: $6.0 billion (12.2% of all southern border freight)

  • Compared to January 2019:

U.S.-Canada down 2.0%

U.S.-Mexico up 12.1%

  • Three busiest rail border ports (52.7% of total transborder rail freight)
    • Laredo, TX                            $3.2 billion
    • Detroit, MI                             $2.2 billion
    • Eagle Pass, TX                        $1.7 billion
  • Top three rail commodities (60.2% of total transborder rail freight)
    • Motor vehicles and parts        $6.0 billion
    • Mineral fuels                           $1.4 billion
    • Plastics and articles                $0.7 billion

Total Transborder Freight by Mode:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:              $26.1
Rail:                   $7.4
Pipeline:             $6.0
Vessel:               $2.9
Air:                     $2.6
 
U.S.-Mexico (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:              $35.0
Rail:                   $6.0
Vessel:               $5.1
Air:                     $1.2
Pipeline:             $0.5
 
 
 

Reporting Notes

Data in this Bureau of Transportation Statistics release are not seasonally adjusted and are not adjusted for inflation. For previous statistical releases and summary tables, see TransBorder Releases. See TransBorder Freight Data for data from previous months, and for additional state, port, and commodity data. BTS has scheduled the release of February TransBorder numbers for April 21.

 
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020