North American Transborder Freight up 6.6 Percent in February 2023 from February 2022

Total Transborder Freight by Border in February 2023, Compared to February 2022:
Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries Canada and Mexico:

  • Total transborder freight: $119.9 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 6.6% compared to February 2022
  • Freight between the U.S. and Canada totaled $59.3 billion, up 5.5% from February 2022
  • Freight between the U.S. and Mexico totaled $60.6 billion, up 7.8% from February 2022
  • Trucks moved $75.9 billion of freight, up 9.7% compared to February 2022
  • Railways moved $16.7 billion of freight, up 9.2% compared to February 2022
  • Pipelines moved $9.5 billion of freight, down 3.7% compared to February 2022
  • Vessels moved $8.6 billion of freight, down 4.6% compared to February 2022
  • Air moved $4.0 billion of freight, down 6.2% compared to February 2022.

Total Transborder Freight by Border and Mode:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck: $32.8
Rail: $9.1
Pipeline: $9.0
Air: $2.5
Vessel: $2.4
U.S.-Mexico (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)
Truck: $43.1
Rail: $7.6
Vessel: $6.2
Air: $1.5
Pipeline: $0.6

Detroit, Port Huron, and Buffalo are the top truck ports for U.S. freight flows with Canada, while Laredo, El Paso, and Otay Mesa are the top truck ports with Mexico. Detroit, Port Huron, and International Falls are the top rail connection ports for U.S. freight flows with Canada, while Laredo, Eagle Pass, and El Paso are the top rail connection ports with Mexico. Chicago, Port Huron, and Minneapolis are the top pipeline connection regions for U.S. energy freight flows with Canada. El Paso, Hidalgo, and Laredo are the top pipeline connection regions with Mexico. Port of Boston, Arthur, and Portland are the top water port connections for U.S. energy flows with Canada. Port of Houston, Arthur, and Texas City are the top water port connections for U.S. energy flows on the Southern border.

U.S.-Canada Trade Breakdown

Top three truck ports
Detroit, MI       $9.4 billion
Buffalo, NY       $5.6 billion
Port Huron, MI  $5.5 billion

Top three truck commodities
Computers/parts      $5.6 billion
Vehicles/parts          $4.5 billion
Electrical machinery  $2.2 billion

Top three rail ports
Port Huron, MI        $2.4 billion
Detroit, MI             $2.1 billion
Int’l Falls, MN         $1.2 billion

Top three rail commodities
Vehicles/part      $3.2 billion
Mineral fuel       $0.8 billion
Fertilizers          $0.6 billion

U.S.-Mexico Trade Breakdown

Top three truck ports
Laredo, TX             $19.9 billion
El Paso-Ysleta, TX   $6.1 billion
Otay Mesa, CA        $4.5 billion

Top three truck commodities
Electrical machinery   $10.0 billion
Computers/parts        $9.0 billion
Vehicles/parts            $6.3 billion

Top three rail ports
Laredo, TX               $3.8 billion
Eagle Pass, TX         $2.1 billion
Nogales, AZ             $0.8 billion

Top three rail commodities
Vehicles/parts        $3.7 billion
Computers/part      $0.6 billion
Cereals                   $0.5 billion