The COVID-19 pandemic hit a lot of industries across the world hard, and the logistics industry is no exception. Logistics firms like Titans Transline were forced to make serious adjustments to adapt to the changes the pandemic brought in. As for specific regions, the US saw its cross-border freight volume drop during 2020.
The data was recently published by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which showed cross-border freight in the US dropping by more than 13% from January to December compared to 2019. In terms of value, 2020 saw $1.06tn worth of cross-border freight, which is a $163bn drop from 2019.
For cross-border trucking, 2020 saw a total value of $65bn, down by $78bn compared with 2019. Cross-border trucking accounted for 65% of all cross-border freight, with Mexican and Canadian truck freight dropping by 10%.
Cross-border trucking only went up in 7 states: Georgia, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, and West Virginia. Of the top 10 commodities for cross-border freight, only edible vegetables and roots saw an increase in 2020, with an 11% increase.
Notably, Alaska and Nevada saw a notable 43% and 25% increase in freight.
COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic in March 2020, a date remembered well by logistics firms like Titans Transline, as that’s when the lockdowns came down. Cross-border freight dropped monthly until seeing a slight decrease of 0.4%.
Vessel freight got hit the hardest, with a yearly drop of 28%, followed by pipeline freight, which saw a drop of 27%. Airfreight lucked out, with the smallest drop of 6%, followed by trucking.
In Canada, trucks accounted for 58.8% of total freight, up from 2019’s 56%. Meanwhile, Mexico saw trucks account for 71.7% of freight, compared to 2019’s 69.8%. The busiest ports in the region were in Laredo, Detroit, and Buffalo-Niagara Falls. As for commodities, computer and parts, electrical machinery, and motor vehicles and parts were the most common for cross-border trucking.
Freight across borders in 2019 dropped by 0.2%, but truck freight was lucky, remaining mostly unaffected during that year.
For 2018, cross-border freight went up in 2018 by 8%, with the North American region seeing truck freight going up by 7%.