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Personal Vehicles Entered the United States Nearly 96 Million Times in 2012

Press Release Number: 
BTS 53-13
Date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Media Contact: 
Dave Smallen, 202-366-5568

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Personal vehicles entered the United States nearly 96 million times in 2012, 33.1 million from Canada, and 62.7 million from Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS).  Border crossings also included 10.7 million trucks, 320 thousand buses, and 37 thousand trains in 2012 (Table 1).

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, released the data as part of the ninth annual update of the North American Transportation Statistics (NATS) Online Database.  A product of the North American Transportation Statistics Interchange, the NATS Online Database contains comparable transportation-related data available from the United States, Canada, and Mexico in a one-stop online resource.

The database covers the following subject areas: demographics, transportation, the economy, transportation safety, transportation’s impact on energy and the environment, domestic and international freight activity, domestic and international passenger travel, transportation infrastructure, and vehicles. The NATS Online Database is co-sponsored by BTS, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the federal-level transportation and statistical agencies of Canada and Mexico.

The NATS Online Database includes data on trade and transportation between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  In 2012, goods valued at more than $1.11 trillion crossed the U.S. border in trade with Canada and Mexico, 5 percent higher than in 2011, and 21 percent higher than 2010 (Table 2).

Data in the NATS Online Database also show America’s top gateways for trade with Canada and Mexico. 

With text available in English, French, and Spanish, the NATS Online Database can be found at http://nats.sct.gob.mx. Additionally, the NATS incorporates technical and methodological footnotes.

 

Table 1. 2012 Vehicle Crossings into the United States

(thousands)

Mode From Canada From Mexico Total
Personal Vehicle 33,084 62,703 95,786
Truck 5,624 5,104 10,727
Bus 108 212 320
Train 29 9 37

SOURCE: North American Transportation Statistics Online Database, available at http://nats.sct.gob.mx, as of Oct. 25, 2013.

NOTES: Truck crossings: Number of arriving trucks; does not include privately owned pick-up trucks.

Train crossings: Rail data for U.S.-Mexico border are for rail (loaded and unloaded) containers and U.S.-Canada numbers are for number of trains, not containers.

Privately owned vehicle crossings: Number of privately owned vehicles (POVs) arriving at a particular port. Includes pick-up trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, taxis, snow-mobiles, ambulances, hearses, and other motorized private ground vehicles.

Bus crossings: Number of arriving buses at a particular port, whether or not they are carrying passengers.

 

Table 2. U.S. Merchandise Trade with Canada and Mexico by Freight Transportation Mode: 2007-2012

(millions of current dollars)

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Percent change, '07 - '12 Average Annual growth rate (%) '07 - '12
Total trade with Canada and Mexico 908,888 963,923 735,174 917,647 1,057,924 1,109,988 22.13% 4.08%
Air 37,595 40,805 39,240 45,083 45,539 43,999 17.03% 3.20%
Vessel 73,990 93,244 59,238 81,235 108,253 105,854 43.07% 7.43%
Road 554,831 554,434 454,827 556,884 625,857 664,739 19.81% 3.68%
Rail 137,859 140,424 95,624 131,228 151,852 167,504 21.50% 3.97%
Pipeline 59,306 87,776 49,205 62,933 80,727 77,439 30.58% 5.48%
Total trade with Canada 561,548 596,470 429,639 524,672 597,275 616,004 9.70% 1.87%
Air 26,087 27,823 24,352 26,728 27,985 27,894 6.93% 1.35%
Vessel 24,630 31,838 19,545 26,883 32,259 31,894 29.49% 5.31%
Road 324,747 319,946 247,623 296,826 330,655 341,490 5.16% 1.01%
Rail 91,459 93,194 61,031 83,112 94,688 102,982 12.60% 2.40%
Pipeline 58,350 86,332 48,262 60,713 76,953 73,804 26.48% 4.81%
Total trade with Mexico 347,340 367,453 305,535 392,975 460,649 493,984 42.22% 7.30%
Air 11,508 12,982 14,888 18,355 17,554 16,105 39.95% 6.95%
Vessel 49,360 61,406 39,693 54,352 75,995 73,960 49.84% 8.42%
Road 230,084 234,488 207,204 260,058 295,203 323,249 40.49% 7.04%
Rail 46,400 47,230 34,593 48,116 57,165 64,522 39.06% 6.82%
Pipeline 956 1,444 943 2,220 3,774 3,635 280.24% 30.62%

SOURCE: North American Transportation Statistics Online Database, available at http://nats.sct.gob.mx, as of Oct. 25, 2013.

NOTES: Individual modes do not sum to total trade figures because the total includes freight moved by "other modes" such as aircraft from manufacturer to customers, pedestrians carrying freight, and miscellaneous. Due to the rounding of certain numbers tabulated, sum totals of U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico trade vary slightly.