North American Transborder Freight Data

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March 2019 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

Release Number: 
BTS 22-19
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in March 2019:

  • Total Transborder Freight: $107.2 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 1.4% compared to March 2018
  • Most-used mode: Truck moved $67.4 billion of freight, up 1.3% compared to March 2018
  • Second mode: Rail moved $16.2 billion of freight, up 0.6% compared to March 2018

Truck Freight: $67.4 billion (62.8% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:
U.S.-Canada: $31.0 billion (57.2% of all northern border freight)
U.S.-Mexico: $36.4 billion (68.5% of all southern border freight)
  • Compared to March 2018:
U.S.-Canada down 0.4%
U.S.-Mexico up 2.7%
  • Three busiest truck border ports (45.3% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Laredo, TX                 $15.8  billion
    • Detroit, MI                    $9.6  billion
    • El Paso, TX                   $5.1  billion
  • Top three truck commodities (51.1% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Computers and parts               $13.7 billion
    • Motor vehicles and parts         $10.7 billion
    • Electrical machinery              $10.1 billion
(Dollars in Billions)
ModeValue
Truck 67.4
Rail 16.2
Vessel 8.2
Pipeline 6.2
Air 4.0
Source: 

Bureau of Transportation Statistics, TransBorder Freight Data, https://www.bts.gov/transborder

Rail Freight: $16.2 billion (15.1% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:
U.S.-Canada: $8.7 billion (16.0% of all northern border freight)
U.S.-Mexico: $7.6 billion (14.2% of all southern border freight)
  • Compared to March 2018:
U.S.-Canada down 5.7%
U.S.-Mexico up 9.0%
  • Three busiest rail border ports (52.2% of total transborder rail freight)
    • Laredo, TX                 $4.0 billion
    • Port Huron, MI           $2.3 billion
    • Detroit, MI                   $2.2 billion
  • Top three rail commodities (63.6% of total transborder rail freight)
    • Motor vehicles and parts        $8.4 billion
    • Mineral fuels                           $1.1 billion
    • Plastics                                    $0.9 billion

Total Transborder Freight by Mode:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:             $30.9
Rail:                  $8.7
Pipeline:            $5.9  
Air:                    $2.7
Vessel:              $2.2         
 
 
     
U.S.-Mexico (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:             $36.4
Rail:                  $7.6
Vessel:              $6.0  
Air:                    $1.3
Pipeline:            $0.3              

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 April TransBorder numbers for June 25.

Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019