More than 11 million trucks crossed the borders into the U.S. in 2015

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NAFTA traffic was slightly busier last year. More trucks entered the U.S. through border points in 2015 when compared with the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s latest Border Crossing/Entry Data stats. Data reflects the number of vehicles moving into the U.S.

There was a small increase in truck traffic through the southern border in 2015 with more than 5.5 million trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico. Up north, truck traffic was relatively the same as 2014 with nearly 5.8 million trucks entering the U.S. from Canada.

Of the 26 ports of entry along the southern the border, the Laredo, Texas, port experienced the most truck traffic with more than 2 million trucks crossing. In a distant second, more than 800,000 trucks entered the U.S. via the port located in Otay Mesa, Calif.

Six southern ports reported no trucks coming into the U.S. They include:

  • Sasabe, Ariz.
  • Andrade, Calif.
  • Calexico (West), Calif. (truck traffic diverted to Calexico East)
  • San Ysidro, Calif. (truck traffic diverted to Otay Mesay)
  • Boquillas, Texas
  • Fabens, Texas (closed Nov. 17, 2014)

Along the northern border, Detroit’s port recorded the most truck crossings of the 85 ports of entry with more than 1.5 million trucks crossing. Buffalo-Niagara Falls came in at second with more than 900,000 trucks making the journey. Four entry points did not experience any truck traffic:

  • Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Cape Vincent, N.Y.
  • Anacortes, Wash.
  • Friday Harbor, Wash. (opened Oct. 5, 2015)

Among passenger vehicles, the San Ysidro port was the busiest with more than 14 million vehicles passing through. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, the San Ysidro port is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. The heavy traffic led to trucks being diverted to a separate port for inspections.

March was the busiest month for trucks for both southern and northern borders. Canadian borders were at their slowest in February. August experienced the lowest truck traffic along the Mexican border.

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