Table 4: Top Five Commodities Traded between the U.S. and its NAFTA Partners Through Major Ports of Entry

Table 4: Top Five Commodities Traded between the U.S. and its NAFTA Partners Through Major Ports of Entry

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Northern Border

(percentage of total trade at a port)

Port name Motor Vehicles Electrical Machinery Computers Mineral Fuels Plastics Other Total
Detroit, MI 42.0 6.9 16.0 0.7 3.5 30.9 100.0
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 25.0 5.9 10.8 9.1 4.9 44.3 100.0
Port Huron, MI 26.1 5.3 9.8 11.8 6.0 40.9 100.0
Champlain-Rouses Pt., NY 7.1 4.7 9.0 6.6 4.8 67.7 100.0
Blaine, WA 8.6 6.1 11.6 3.1 4.4 66.2 100.0
Portal, ND 12.9 5.5 19.7 4.6 4.8 52.6 100.0
Sweetgrass, MT 8.7 5.4 24.7 14.5 2.4 44.3 100.0
Pembina, ND 14.6 2.7 18.8 5.4 9.1 49.4 100.0
International Falls, MN 4.7 4.7 7.8 0.5 6.1 76.2 100.0
Alexandria Bay, NY 2.1 0.3 1.4 8.0 11.0 77.3 100.0

Southern Border

(percentage of total trade at a port)

Port name Motor Vehicles Electrical Machinery Computers Mineral Fuels Plastics Other Total
Laredo, TX 22.4 17.6 18.3 0.7 5.0 36.0 100.0
El Paso, TX 9.8 37.1 18.6 1.2 3.9 29.4 100.0
Otay Mesa, CA 6.3 46.9 7.1 0.3 5.2 34.3 100.0
Hidalgo, TX 5.1 35.8 18.1 4.1 2.9 34.0 100.0
Nogales, AZ 24.2 25.8 9.6 0.3 2.9 37.2 100.0
Brownsville, TX 7.3 28.4 7.2 4.6 7.1 45.4 100.0
Eagle Pass, TX 41.4 4.4 5.7 0.9 7.0 40.6 100.0
Calexico East, CA 9.2 39.2 14.4 0.6 3.5 33.1 100.0
Del Rio, TX 10.5 24.2 19.6 0.1 9.9 35.7 100.0
Santa Teresa, NM 10.4 21.7 19.0 0.0 1.3 47.5 100.0

NOTES: The commodities listed in the table are the top five commodities in total U.S-NAFTA trade by value.

A major port of entry is defined as being one of the top ten ports of entry on the U.S.-Canada Border or the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Data include both imports and exports.

Ports within each group in the table (Northern and Southern Borders) are ranked in descending order based on total trade volume moving through that port in 2007.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data as of October 2008.