Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Port of Entry

Dallas-Fort Worth

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.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

DFW’s contributions to the Texas economy include:

Total trade (2018) $55.0 Billion

Direct and indirect employment 163,800

gross domestic product $24.7 Billion

Sources: REMI, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

About The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Map of Texas that shows location of DFW over background of a close-up map of the port.

DFW ranks 10th nationally for total cargo tonnage and fourth for total flights (all planes)

Located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, DFW transports more than just travelers: cargo moves through the facility in impressive quantities. As one of the nation’s largest commercial airline hubs, DFW’s cargo transport operations include multiple runways, freight forwarding, export packing and cold storage facilities.

DFW is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Customs District, which includes Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland International Airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Dallas Love Field-Dallas, Addison Airport-Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport: All Trade 2003 to 2018

Port of DFW: All Trade (All Commodities), 2003 to 2018
Year Total Trade through DFW (in billions) Percentage of Total Trade through Seaports
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%

Shipping activity through this airport accounted for $55.0 billion in trade in 2018, 118 percent more than in 2003 ($25.2 billion).

This airport’s trade, as a percentage of the total through Texas cargo airports, has fluctuated from as high as 79.7 percent in 2004 to as low as 68.4 percent in 2011.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau: USA Trade Online

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport: Total Trade with China and South Korea, 2014 to 2018

Imports Exports

Port of DFW Trade Value with China and South Korea (2014 to 2018)
Year Trade ExportsImports
2018 $20.2 $6.4 $13.9
2017 $22.1 $6.3 $15.8
2016 $19.8 $5.0 $14.9
2015 $24.3 $5.3 $19.1
2014 $27.1 $5.0 $22.1

China, South Korea and Vietnam together accounted for about 43 percent of the total trade through this airport in 2018, down from about 50 percent in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau: USA Trade Online

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

DFW is one of 29 official Texas Ports of Entry. See a select list of ports, plus more in-depth regional data.


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