Trucks Move $65 Billion in Transborder Freight in April

The U.S. Department of Transportation published April’s North American Transborder Freight numbers. That is, freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico). Transborder freight for April totaled $104.5 billion, up 1.8% compared to April 2018. Trucks accounted for $65.1 billion, down 1% compared to April 2018. Trucking is responsible for the majority of transborder freight.

Transborder freight by mode, April 2019

Truck freight: $65.1 billion (62.3% of all transborder freight).

By border:

  • U.S.-Canada: $28.8 billion (55.5% of all northern border freight); down 3.3% compared to April 2018.
  • U.S.-Mexico: $36.3 billion (68.9% of all southern border freight); up 1.0% compared to April 2018.


Three busiest truck border ports (accounting for 43.3% of total transborder truck freight):

  • Laredo, TX: $15.3  billion
  • Detroit, MI: $8.6  billion
  • El Paso, TX: $5.3  billion


Top three truck commodities (48.9% of total transborder truck freight):

  • Computers and part: $13.6 billion
  • Motor vehicles and parts: $9.9 billion
  • Electrical machinery: $9.5 billion