North American Transborder Freight up 94% in May 2021

 

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

  • Total Transborder freight: $108.6 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 93.8% compared to May 2020 but remained 1.0% below May 2019. May 2021 Transborder freight was down 1.1% compared to $109.8 billion in May 2019.
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $68.0 billion of freight, up 73.6% compared to May 2020. Truck freight was down 1.4% compared to $68.9 billion in May 2019.
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $15.9 billion of freight, up 190.3% compared to May 2020. Rail freight was down 2.2% compared to $16.3 billion in May 2019.

Total Transborder Freight:

  • Compared to May 2020:

U.S.-Canada up 77.4%
U.S.-Mexico up 113.5%

  • Compared to May 2019:

U.S.-Canada down 1.4%
U.S.-Mexico down 0.7%

 

Truck Freight: $68.0 billion (62.6% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:

U.S.-Canada: $30.9 billion (56.7% of all northern border freight)
U.S.-Mexico: $37.1 billion (68.4% of all southern border freight)

  • Compared to May 2020:

U.S.-Canada up 58.0%
U.S.-Mexico up 89.2%

  • Top three busiest truck border ports (43.5% of total transborder truck freight)
  • Laredo, TX                     $15.9 billion
  • Detroit, MI                     $ 8.1 billion
  • Port Huron, MI                $5.5 billion
  • Top three truck commodities (45.2% of total transborder truck freight)
  • Computers and parts, $12.6 billion
  • Electrical machinery, $10.1 billion
  • Vehicles and parts, $8.1 billion

Rail Freight: $15.9 billion (14.6% of all transborder freight)

  • By border:

U.S.-Canada: $8.5 billion (15.5% of all northern border freight)
U.S.-Mexico: $7.5 billion (13.8% of all southern border freight)

  • Compared to May 2020:

U.S.-Canada up 146.4%
U.S.-Mexico up 263.8%

  • Three busiest rail border ports (49.2% of total transborder rail freight)
  • Laredo, TX, $3.7 billion
  • Eagle Pass, TX, $2.3 billion
  • Port Huron, MI, $1.9 billion
  • Top three rail commodities (53.7% of total transborder rail freight)
  • Motor vehicles and parts, $5.7 billion
  • Wood and articles, $1.6 billion
  • Mineral fuels, $1.3 billion


Total Transborder Freight by Mode:

U.S.-Canada (both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)

Truck: $30.9
Rail: $8.5
Pipeline: $6.2
Air: $3.1
Vessel: $2.3


U.S.-Mexico
(both directions)
(Dollars in Billions)

Truck: $37.1
Rail: $7.5
Vessel: $6.0
Air: $1.4
Pipeline: $0.7