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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

Port of Entry

Port of El Paso

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

The Port of El Paso’s contributions to the Texas economy include:

Total trade (2018) $81.9 Billion

Direct and indirect employment 165,500

gross domestic product $25 Billion

Sources: REMI, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

About the Port of El Paso

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

In 2018, the El Paso port of entry handled northbound border-crossing traffic of about 811,000 trucks.

El Paso’s border crossings together form one of 11 land ports along Texas’ 1,254-mile border with Mexico. Each land port in the state facilitates the movement of people and goods via commercial, vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The El Paso border crossings are part of the El Paso Customs District, which includes Albuquerque, Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa Airport, Columbus, Fabens and Presidio.

Port of El Paso: All Trade
2003 to 2018

Port of El Paso: All Trade (All Commodities), 2003 to 2018
Year Total Trade through El Paso (in billions) Percentage of Total Trade through Seaports
2003 40.5 billion dollars 26.1%
2004 44.7 billion dollars 25.5%
2005 45.1 billion dollars 24.6%
2006 48.8 billion dollars 23.8%
2007 51.1 billion dollars 23.5%
2008 49.4 billion dollars 22.1%
2009 43.4 billion dollars 22.9%
2010 57.1 billion dollars 23.6%
2011 61.3 billion dollars 22.2%
2012 66.8 billion dollars 21.9%
2013 68.1 billion dollars 21.3%
2014 68.9 billion dollars 19.8%
2015 73.0 billion dollars 20.5%
2016 75.5 billion dollars 21.1%
2017 76.5 billion dollars 20.2%
2018 81.9 billion dollars 20.1%

Shipping activity through this port accounted for $81.9 billion in trade in 2018, 102 percent more than in 2003 ($40.5 billion).

This land port’s trade, as a percentage of the total through all 11 Texas land ports, has fluctuated from as high as 26.1 percent in 2003 to as low as 19.8 percent in 2014.

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

Port of El Paso: Total Trade with Top Trading Partners, 2014 to 2018

Imports Exports

Port of El Paso Trade Value with Mexico and Japan (2014 to 2018)
Year Trade ExportsImports
2018 $77.4 $32.3 $45.1
2017 $70.9 $29.5 $41.4
2016 $71.1 $31.0 $40.1
2015 $70.0 $31.2 $38.8
2014 $67.5 $31.6 $35.9

Mexico accounted for about 95 percent of the total trade through this port in 2018, down from about 98 percent in 2014.

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

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

El Paso 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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