North American Transborder Freight Down 0.1% in February 2021 from February 2020

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in February 2021:

  • Total Transborder freight: $95.9 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 1.7% compared to January 2021 and down 0.1% compared to February 2020.
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $59.5 billion of freight, down 2.7% compared to January 2021, down 2.1% compared to February 2020.
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $12.8 billion of freight, down 7.5% compared to January 2021, down 10.8% compared to February 2020. The year over year decrease in rail is primarily due to a decline in motor vehicles and parts, the largest commodity moved across the border by rail.

Total Transborder Freight:

  • Compared to January 2021:
    U.S.-Canada up 3.6%
    U.S.-Mexico down 0.1%
  • Compared to February 2020:
    U.S.-Canada down 0.2%
    U.S.-Mexico virtually unchanged

Truck Freight: $59.5 billion (62.0% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:
    U.S.-Canada: $26.9 billion (56.8% of all northern border freight)
    U.S.-Mexico: $32.6 billion (67.2% of all southern border freight)
  • Compared to January 2021:
    U.S.-Canada up 1.2%
    U.S.-Mexico down 5.6%
  • Compared to February 2020:
    U.S.-Canada virtually unchanged
    U.S.-Mexico down 3.8%
  • Top three busiest truck border ports (44.7% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Laredo, TX                           $14.1 billion
    • Detroit, MI                             $8.0 billion
    • Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY   $4.5 billion

 

  • Top three truck commodities (46.5% of total transborder truck freight)
    • Computers and parts           $11.2 billion
    • Electrical machinery             $8.7 billion
    • Vehicles and parts                 $7.7 billion