Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - Detroit on the Canadian border and Laredo, TX, on the Mexican border were the top ports for the value of trade moved by truck in 2006, according to a new special report on North American freight transportation from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
BTS, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that Detroit was the gateway for $64 billion in merchandise carried by truck to Canada and $51 billion from Canada . The merchandise transported through Detroit in 2006 was almost double the value of the goods that passed through Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY, the next-ranking port on the Canadian border. Port Huron, MI, was the third-ranking port.
On the Mexican border, $34 billion in merchandise was exported and $44 billion was imported through Laredo by truck, almost double the value of the goods that passed through El Paso, TX, the next-ranking port on the Mexican border. Otay Mesa, CA, was the third-ranking port.
Other findings of the BTS report:
The special report on North American freight transportation provides analysis of recent activity and trends in U.S. merchandise trade with Canada and Mexico from a transportation perspective. It is available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/bts_special_report/2007_05/ The report uses BTS Transborder Freight Data, released monthly on the BTS website at http://www.bts.gov/transborder/ For press releases on monthly TransBorder data, see http://www.bts.gov/press_releases/north_american_surface_freight_data.html.