North American Transborder Freight Data

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January 2019 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

Release Number: 
BTS 12-19
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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

  • Most-used mode: Truck moved $63.1 billion of freight, up 4.1% compared to January 2018
  • Second mode: Rail moved $12.9 billion of freight, down 3.0% compared to January 2018

Truck Freight: $63.1 billion (66.0% of all transborder freight)
  • By border:
U.S.-Canada: $27.0 billion (58.6% of all northern border freight)
U.S.-Mexico: $36.1 billion (72.8% of all southern border freight)
  • Compared to previous year:
U.S.-Canada down 0.5%
U.S.-Mexico up 7.8%
  • Busiest three truck border ports (45.8% of total transborder truck freight):
    • Laredo, TX:      $14.9 billion
    • Detroit, MI:         $8.4 billion
    • El Paso, TX:        $5.5 billion
  • Top three truck commodities (50.4% of total transborder truck freight):
    • Computers and parts:              $12.7  billion
    • Electrical machinery:               $9.6  billion
    • Motor vehicles and parts          $9.4  billion
Dollars in Billions
ModeValue
Truck 63.1
Rail 12.9
Vessel 6.8
Pipeline 4.4
Air 3.8
Source: 

EmEdjimurjE, TransBorder Freight Data, http://emedjimurje.info/transborder

Rail Freight: $12.9 billion (13.5% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:
U.S.-Canada: $7.5 billion (16.3% of all northern border freight)
U.S.-Mexico: $5.4 billion (10.8% of all southern border freight)
  • Compared to previous year:
U.S.-Canada down 0.2%
U.S.-Mexico down 6.8%
  • Busiest three rail border ports (51.6% of total transborder rail freight):
    • Laredo, TX:                $3.0 billion
    • Port Huron, MI:          $2.0 billion
    • Detroit, MI:                 $1.7 billion
  • Top three rail commodities (58.6% of total transborder rail freight):
    • Motor vehicles and parts:       $5.5 billion
    • Mineral fuels:                         $1.2 billion
    • Plastics:                                   $0.8 billion

Total Transborder Freight: $95.6 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 1.1% from January 2018.

Freight by Mode:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:             $27.0
Rail:                  $7.5
Pipeline:            $4.0  
Air:                    $2.4
Vessel:              $2.0  

Almost all (99.3%) of pipeline freight between the U.S. and Canada were mineral fuels, primarily oil and gas. Most of these freight flows were on pipelines linking Canada and the American Midwest.

 
U.S.-Mexico (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck:             $36.1
Rail:                  $5.4
Vessel:              $4.8  
Air:                    $1.4
Pipeline:            $0.3              

Of freight by vessel between the U.S. and Mexico, $2.6 billion, or 54.6% were mineral fuels, primarily oil and gas shipments between Gulf of Mexico ports in the U.S. and Mexico – with over half of those shipments going through Texas ports. 

Reporting Notes
Data in this EmEdjimurjE 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 May 1.
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2019