WASHINGTON — Total freight transported between the United States, Mexico and Canada totaled $104.5 billion in April, according to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The figure represents an increase of 1.8% compared to April 2018, but a 2.5% decrease from March 2019 when $107.2 billion was moved among the countries.
The most used mode of transportation was trucking, which moved $65.1 billion of freight, down 1% compared to April 2018 and down 3.4% from the $67.4 billion moved in March 2019.
The second most used mode was rail, which moved $15.6 billion of freight, up 6.3% compared to April 2018, but down .04% from March 2019’s $16.2 billion of rail freight..
Trucks moved 62.3% of all transborder freight, broken down as follows:
- U.S.-Canada: $28.8 billion (55.5% of all northern border freight)
- U.S.-Mexico: $36.3 billion (68.9% of all southern border freight)
Trucks moved $67.4 billion in March 2019.
Compared to April 2018, U.S.-Canada freight was down 3.3%, U.S.-Mexico freight was up 1%.
The three busiest truck border ports (43.3% of total transborder truck freight) included Laredo, Texas ($15.3 billion), Detroit ($8.6 billion) and El Paso, Texas ($5.3 billion).
The top three truck commodities (48.9% of total transborder truck freight) included:
- Computers and parts, $13.6 billion
- Motor vehicles and parts, $9.9 billion
- Electrical machinery, $9.5 billion
Those three categories also were the top three categories in March 2019.