The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released its September 2019 North American Transborder Freight Numbers, and the data indicates the trucking industry hauled over 432% more freight than its nearest modal competitor, railways. The data includes shipping between the U.S. and Canada and the U.S and Mexico.
For 2019, September data indicated $101.8 billion in total freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 0.2% from a year ago. Trucks moved $64.0 billion of this freight, an increase of 1.1% over September 2018. Meanwhile, railways moved freight valued at $14.8 billion, a decrease of 1.9%. The remaining modes of moving freight—vessel, pipeline, air and miscellaneous—combined to move cargo valued at $37.4 billion. In total the value of freight transported across borders was down 0.2% compared to September 2018.
The value of freight moved by truck between the U.S. and Canada was $28.9 billion, a total representing 56.3% of all northern border freight and an increase of 1.1% over September 2018. At the southern border, trucks accounted for movement of $35.1 billion of freight, an increase of 1.2% over the previous year. Trucks moved 69.9% of all freight between the U.S. and Mexico.
The busiest truck border ports were Laredo, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; and El Paso, Texas. In terms of commodities, computers and related parts, electrical machinery, and motor vehicles and parts represented over half of total transborder truck freight.