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U.S. - Mexico Border Planning Fact Sheet

This image displays the U.S. and Mexican Flags flying in the wind against a blue sky. Image credit: Volpe (Robert Slack), 123rf.com (mg7 and ribsonff)

Did you know?

car 69.6 million personal vehicles, carrying 129 million people

truck 5.4 million trucks, carrying 40 million tons of freight

bus 214,000 buses, carrying 2.8 million people

Importance of U.S. - Mexico border transportation to the U.S. economy

Mexico is U.S.'s second-largest export market and third- largest import market.3 In 2014, trade with Mexico totaled $534 billion.2

Graphic showing exports to Mexico are $240 billion and Imports from Mexico are $294 billion

By value, 82% of trade with Mexico in 2014 moved across the border by surface transportation modes– trucks, rail, or pipelines.2

This object displays a pie chart that is divided into three sections demonstrating how trade moves across the U.S.-Mexican border. 67% moves across by truck, 1% moves across by pipeline, and 14% moves across by rail.

Trade with Mexico is not limited to the Southern Border states: In 2014, 31 states exported more than $1 billion in goods to Mexico, and 29 states imported more than $1 billion in goods from Mexico.2

This picture shows two maps of the United States. In the left one, states that have exported more than $1 billion to Mexico are highlighted. All states except Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming are highlighted. In the right one, states that have imported more than $1 billion of goods from Mexico are highlighted. All states except Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming are highlighted.

Sources:
1) U.S. Department of State. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35749.htm
1) Bureau of Transportation Statistics. http://transborder.bts.gov.
2) U.S. Census. census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/toppartners.cfm

Updated: 9/20/2016
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