January Transborder Freight up 1.5 Percent

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

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