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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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Port of Entry: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) Impact to the Texas Economy, 2018

Ports of entry within the state of Texas accounted for nearly $740 billion in international trade in 2018. Texas has 29 official ports of entry that serve as critical gateways to global trade. Each port, whether an airport, land port or seaport, serves many domestic and international economic activities across multiple industries. Each Texas port plays a distinctive role in the state’s transportation network and contributes to the state and local economies.

Of Texas’ total international trade, $70.3 billion, or 9.5 percent, traveled through the state’s airports, with the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) accounting for 78.3 percent of the airport trade, or about $55 billion.1

Economic Contribution

Based on the Comptroller’s estimate, trade through the DFW Airport in 2018 affected about 164,000 net jobs in Texas. Approximately $24.7 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) is related to trade through DFW Airport (Exhibit 1).2

Exhibit 1:Trade through the DFW Airport
Estimated Total Contribution to the Texas Economy, 20183
DescriptionValue
Total direct trade value $55 billion
Related gross domestic product4 $24.7 billion
Total employment affected5 163,600

Sources: Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) model for Texas, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

DFW Airport Trade

DFW Airport’s top two trading partners account for 37 percent of all trade traversing the port (Exhibit 2). Its top trading partner, China, represents 23.8 percent of the port’s total trade, while the second-largest, South Korea, accounts for 13 percent. The next two largest trading partners (Vietnam and Japan) both account for less than 6 percent.

Exhibit 2:DFW Airport Port of Entry Trade Value (2014 to 2018)
YearOverall Trade (billions) Trade with China and South Korea (billions)
Total TradeExportsImports Trade % of Total ExportsImports
2018 $55.0 $23.7 $31.4 $20.2 36.8% $6.4 $13.9
2017 $55.4 $23.3 $32.1 $22.1 39.9% $6.3 $15.8
2016 $52.5 $21.8 $30.7 $19.8 37.8% $5.0 $14.9
2015 $54.4 $20.9 $33.6 $24.3 44.7% $5.3 $19.1
2014 $55.2 $19.6 $35.6 $27.1 49.1% $5.0 $22.1

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Economic Indicators Division, USA Trade Online


Exhibit 3: Trading Partners and Trade Products6 through the DFW Airport Port of Entry (based on $ value), 2018
DescriptionPartners/Products
Top origins of imported goods: China, South Korea, Vietnam
Top destinations for exported goods: South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan
Top products imported through this port: electronics, machinery
Top products exported through this port: electronics, machinery, aircraft parts

Source: U.S. Census Bureau: Economic Indicators Division, USA Trade Online

Shipping activity through DFW Airport accounted for $55 billion in trade in 2018, 118 percent more than in 2003 ($25.2 billion) (Exhibit 4). DFW Airport ranks 10th nationally for total cargo tonnage and fourth for total flights (all planes) (Exhibit 5).

DFW Airport Port of Entry, All Trade (All Commodities), 2003 to 2018

Exhibit 4: Port of DFW Airport, All Trade (All Commodities), 2003 to 2018
Year Total Trade through DFW Airport (in billions) Percentage of Total Trade through airports
2003 25.2 billion dollars 75.2%
2004 33.0 billion dollars 79.7%
2005 37.4 billion dollars 78.5%
2006 44.9 billion dollars 77.9%
2007 44.8 billion dollars 76.5%
2008 43.2 billion dollars 73.4%
2009 38.0 billion dollars 73.1%
2010 42.9 billion dollars 71.1%
2011 46.9 billion dollars 68.4%
2012 49.4 billion dollars 71.4%
2013 51.3 billion dollars 73.4%
2014 55.2 billion dollars 73.3%
2015 54.4 billion dollars 76.6%
2016 52.5 billion dollars 77.2%
2017 55.4 billion dollars 78.5%
2018 55.0 billion dollars 78.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau: Economic Indicators Division, USA Trade Online


Exhibit 5:DFW Airport Operations,7 2016 to 2018
Year Total Cargo in Metric Tons
(international and domestic)
Aircraft Movements
(landing and takeoff)
Passengers*
2018 832,913 667,213 69,112,607
2017 811,208 654,344 67,092,224
2016 752,073 672,748 65,598,618

*Arriving and departing passengers, as well as direct transit passengers, are each counted once.

Source: DFW Airport – Traffic Statistics


  1. U.S. Census Bureau: USA Trade Online – U.S. Import and Export Merchandise trade statistics.
  2. Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) model for Texas was used with total trade value attributed to this port as a percentage of Texas’ total trade value as an input. These data were used to generate a weighted estimate of net jobs and GDP associated with trade at this port.
  3. The estimated contributions offer a strong indicator of the economic importance of this port of entry to Texas; estimates as such are not precise quantifications of direct or indirect contributions to the Texas economy.
  4. “Gross domestic product” refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  5. “Total employment” refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  6. U.S. Census Bureau: Economic Indicators Division, USA Trade Online.
  7. DFW Airport – Traffic Statistics.

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