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Port of Entry

Port of Hidalgo

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 Hidalgo’s contributions to the Texas economy include:

Total trade (2018) $35.4 Billion

Direct and indirect employment 71,500

gross domestic product $10.8 Billion

Sources: REMI, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

About the Port of Hidalgo

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

In 2018, the Hidalgo port of entry handled northbound border-crossing traffic of about 647,000 trucks.

Hidalgo’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 Hidalgo border crossings are part of the Laredo Customs District, which includes Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Laredo, Rio Grande City, Roma, Edinburg Airport, Progreso, Valley International Airport – Harlingen and Brownsville.

Port of Hidalgo: All Trade
2003 to 2018

Port of Hidalgo: All Trade (All Commodities), 2003 to 2018
Year Total Trade through Hidalgo (in billions) Percentage of Total Trade through Seaports
2003 15.2 billion dollars 9.8%
2004 17.3 billion dollars 9.9%
2005 19.2 billion dollars 10.5%
2006 21.1 billion dollars 10.3%
2007 23.0 billion dollars 10.6%
2008 23.6 billion dollars 10.6%
2009 20.9 billion dollars 11.0%
2010 24.6 billion dollars 10.2%
2011 25.5 billion dollars 9.2%
2012 26.8 billion dollars 8.8%
2013 28.5 billion dollars 8.9%
2014 30.6 billion dollars 8.8%
2015 30.1 billion dollars 8.4%
2016 30.6 billion dollars 8.6%
2017 33.7 billion dollars 8.9%
2018 35.4 billion dollars 8.7%

Shipping activity through this port accounted for $35.4 billion in trade in 2018, 133 percent more than in 2003 ($15.2 billion).

This land port’s trade, as a percentage of the total through all 11 Texas land ports, has stayed between 8.4 percent and 11 percent each year.

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

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

Imports Exports

Port of Hidalgo Trade Value with Mexico and Japan (2014 to 2018)
Year Trade ExportsImports
2018 $34.0 $12.4 $21.6
2017 $32.4 $11.7 $20.7
2016 $29.4 $10.4 $19.0
2015 $29.3 $10.8 $18.5
2014 $29.6 $11.4 $18.2

Mexico accounted for about 96 percent of the total trade through this port in 2018, which has remained steady since 2014.

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

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Hidalgo 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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