Trucks again carried the majority of cross-border imports and exports during the month of September, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
Cross-border truck freight between the U.S., Canada and Mexico totaled $64 billion, or 63.1% of all cross-border freight during September 2019.
Along the U.S.-Mexico border, trucks carried 70% of all freight, moving $35.1 billion of loads in September.
The three busiest truck ports for cross-border freight were Laredo ($14.9 billion), Detroit ($9.1 billion) and El Paso ($5.5 billion), accounting for 46.2% of total cross-border truck freight.
Port Laredo ranked second for total trade, capturing 5.6% of all U.S. trade in value for September, according to WorldCity’s analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.
The Port of Los Angeles ranked first in September, capturing 6.9% of all U.S. trade.
Through September, Laredo’s top trade partners were (in order) Mexico, China, France, Japan and Malaysia.
Trade with Mexico rose 0.44% to $172.74 billion. Trade with China fell 47.83% to $988.77 million.
Laredo’s top three commodities were motor vehicles and parts, gasoline-fuel and tractors, accounting for more than $46 billion in imports and exports in September.
The El Paso Border Crossing ranked 15th for total trade, with a value of $6.56 billion for the month of September. Computers, computer parts and motor vehicles were the main imports and exports through El Paso.
The total value of cross-border freight – accounting for trucks, trains, airplanes, ships and pipelines – was $101.4 billion during September, down 0.2% compared to September 2018, according to BTS.