No. 1 Inland Port along US-Mexico Border

The Port of Laredo is the number 1 inland port along the US-Mexico border and rank No. 2 in the nation with $231.58 billion in imports and exports in 2019 according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity.

  • Approximately 4,044,308 trucks crossed the border in 2019 north and south bound
  • Home to 220* freight forwarders, 650 trucking companies, and 120* U.S. Customs Brokers
  • 1 Rail Bridge and 4 vehicle bridges: 2 for commercial, 3 for private vehicles
  • Goods shipped through Laredo travel to more than 60 countries

* Numbers reflects organization members only

PORT LAREDO’S TOTAL TRADE DECREASES 17.09 %  THROUGH SEPTEMBER

Port Laredo’s trade with the world fell 17.09 percent, from $175.81 billion to $145.76 billion through the first nine months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

During the same time period, the nation’s total trade was $2.73 trillion, with exports at $1.04 trillion and imports at $1.69 trillion. The nation’s total trade decreased 12.17 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports fell 15.48 percent and imports fell 10 percent.

Port Laredo ranked No. 4 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through September of 2020. During the same period of 2019 it ranked No. 2. It finished No. 2 in the last full year.

The nation’s top five “ports” — airports, seaports and border crossings — so far this year, by value, are Port of Los Angeles; Chicago O’Hare International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport; Port Laredo and Port of Newark.

Through September Port Laredo’s top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 France, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Thailand. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Mexico, China, France, Japan and Malaysia, respectively.

More likely to devise novel products and processes 92%
Greater employee productivity 52%
Better response to customer needs 53%

International Bridges

Bridge 1- Gateway to the Americas Bridge Non-commercial and Pedestrian

Bridge 2- Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge Non-commercial

Bridge 3- Columbia Solidarity Bridge Non-commercial and Commercial

Bridge 4- World Trade Bridge Commercial

Between the World Trade Bridge and Columbia, about 14,000 commercial trucks cross the bridges each day.  This is only about 40% of the capacity of these bridges.

Rail Service

International rail service is provided by Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern.

Union Pacific provides Inter modal service within 8 miles of most industrial parks as well as service to Dallas and the Mid-West.

Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) interchanges with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and owns the Laredo International Railroad Bridge and Kansas Southern de Mexico (KCSM) that has interchange service at Laredo and Brownsville, Texas.  KCSM serves the Ports of Veracruz, Tampico, Lazaro Cardenas, Bulkmatic Transload Sercvice at Monterrey, Mexico and will service a Plastic, Steel, and Industrial product tans-loading center in Toluca.

In 2019, 264,406 rail cars crossed through the Port of Laredo from Mexico.

Air Cargo

The Laredo International Airport is a USMCA gateway for air cargo.  In 2019, 522,738,914 pounds of air cargo landed via the Port of Laredo.  FedEx and UPS.

There are 30+ Air Cargo charter operators that offer on-demand service from Laredo including Northern Air Cargo, USA Jet, USA TSM, Kalita Charters, IFL, Everts Air, Freight Runners, and many others

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Laredo Trade Numbers Statistics from the Trade Numbers Magazine.

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