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U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

North American Transborder Freight Value Nears $114 Billion in January 2022; Up 20.6% from January 2021 and 17.1% from Pre-pandemic January 2020

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

BTS 14-22

Trucking carries more than 60% of all January 2022 transborder trade value

 

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in January 2022:

  • Total transborder freight: $113.7 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 20.6% compared to January 2021. January 2022 transborder freight was up 17.1% compared to $97.1 billion in January 2020.
  • Freight between the U.S. and Canada totaled $56.8B. Freight between the U.S. and Mexico totaled $56.9B.
  • Trucks moved $69.0 billion of freight, up 12.9% compared to January 2021.
  • Railways moved $15.5 billion of freight, up 11.8% compared to January 2021.

 

Total Transborder Freight by Border Compared to January 2021:

  • U.S.-Canada up 24.1%
  • U.S.-Mexico up 17.3%

 

Total Transborder Freight by Border and Mode:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:              $29.3
Rail:                 $8.4
Pipeline:           $10.6
Air:                   $2.7
Vessel:             $2.7   

U.S.-Mexico (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:              $39.7
Rail:                 $7.1
Vessel:             $6.2   
Air:                   $1.5
Pipeline:           $0.8               

 

Total Transborder Freight by Border and Commodity:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Mineral fuels:                $14.2
Vehicles (not rail):         $5.9
Computers and parts:  $5.2   

U.S.-Mexico (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Electrical machinery:           $9.7
Vehicles (not rail):                $9.7
Computers and parts:        $9.2   

 

Truck Freight: $69.0 billion (60.6% of all transborder freight)

  • U.S.-Canada: $29.3 billion (51.5% of all northern border freight)
  • U.S.-Mexico: $39.7 billion (69.7% of all southern border freight)

 

  • Top three busiest truck border ports (44.4% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Laredo, TX                                    $16.9 billion
    • Detroit, MI                                      $8.5 billion
    • Ysleta, TX                                        $5.3 billion

 

  • Top three truck commodities (46.0% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Computers and parts                      $12.6 billion
    • Electrical machinery                     $10.8 billion
    • Vehicles and parts                            $8.4 billion

 

 

Rail Freight: $15.5 billion (13.6% of all transborder freight)

  • U.S.-Canada: $8.4 billion (14.8% of all northern border freight)
  • U.S.-Mexico: $7.1 billion (12.5% of all southern border freight)

 

  • Top three busiest rail border ports (49.1% of total transborder rail freight)
    • Laredo, TX                                        $3.6 billion
    • Eagle Pass, TX                                    $2.0 billion
    • Detroit, MI                                          $2.0 billion

 

  • Top three rail commodities (52.3% of total transborder rail freight)
    • Vehicles and parts                             $5.6 billion
    • Plastics                                                $1.3 billion
    • Mineral fuels                                       $1.2 billion

 

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 19, 2022.