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Port of Entry

Port of Laredo

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 Laredo’s contributions to the Texas economy include:

Total trade (2018) $234.7 Billion

Direct and indirect employment 474,400

gross domestic product $71.7 Billion

Sources: REMI, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

About the Port of Laredo

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

In 2018, the Laredo port of entry handled northbound border-crossing traffic of about 2.3 million trucks.

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

Port of Laredo: All Trade
2003 to 2018

Port of Laredo: All Trade (All Commodities), 2003 to 2018
Year Total Trade through Laredo (in billions) Percentage of Total Trade through Seaports
2003 80.1 billion dollars 51%
2004 91.3 billion dollars 52%
2005 95.6 billion dollars 52%
2006 105.7 billion dollars 52%
2007 112.5 billion dollars 52%
2008 118.8 billion dollars 53%
2009 98.4 billion dollars 52%
2010 125.3 billion dollars 52%
2011 149.8 billion dollars 54%
2012 168.5 billion dollars 55%
2013 180.0 billion dollars 56%
2014 199.6 billion dollars 57%
2015 205.1 billion dollars 57%
2016 199.9 billion dollars 56%
2017 214.7 billion dollars 57%
2018 234.7 billion dollars 58%

Shipping activity through this port accounted for $234.7 billion in trade in 2018, 193 percent more than in 2003 ($80.1 billion).

This land port’s trade, as a percentage of the total through all 11 Texas land ports, has gradually increased from 51.5 percent in 2003 to 57.6 percent in 2018.

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

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

Imports Exports

Port of Laredo Trade Value with Mexico (2014 to 2018)
Year Trade ExportsImports
2018 $228.8 $100.2 $128.5
2017 $208.6 $94.2 $114.4
2016 $193.8 $88.7 $105.0
2015 $198.6 $91.7 $106.9
2014 $193.2 $91.4 $101.8

Mexico accounted for about 97 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

Laredo 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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