UNITED STATES CROSS-BORDER ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT MARKET - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The United States Cross-border Road Freight Transport Market is segmented by Service Type (Cross-border Freight Transport, Full Truck Load, Less-than Truckload, and Dedicated), International Transportation, International Warehousing and Logistics, and Courier, Express, and Parcel Delivery.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020

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Market Overview

The United States cross-border road freight transport market is driven by the growing technological advancement in the trucking industry and the trade agreements among the North American countries, while road congestions and high emissions drag the market growth down. 

  • The North American neighbors of the United States, Canada, and Mexico accounted for 29.3% (approximately USD 1.14 trillion) of the total value of the US-international freight in 2017. Over the 2000-2017 period, combined freight value with Canada and Mexico increased to 29.3%.
  • Strong freight demand and higher trucking rates within the United States mean fewer trucks available for northbound loads at the US-Mexican border. That is amplifying the perennial shortage of US-bound equipment, even as the demand for cross-border truck and intermodal rail capacity increases.

Scope of the Report

The United States cross-border road freight transport market is segmented by service type (cross-border freight transport, full truck load, less-than truckload, and dedicated), international transportation, international warehousing and logistics, and courier, express, and parcel delivery. Additionally, the report covers insights on key players, technology trends in trucking, key transportation corridors, and freight transport expenditures, among others.

Cross-border Freight Transport (Analysis on US-Mexico and US-Canada Freight Flows)
Full Truck Load
Less-than Truckload
Dedicated

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Key Market Trends

Trade Agreement Between the United States and Other North American Countries

NAFTA is a trilateral trade agreement that allows smooth trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico without any barriers and by reduction of tariffs on selected goods. Additionally, it supported the economic growth in the region and led to many employment opportunities.

This agreement is the significant factor driving the trade between these three countries, and most of the trade flows take place by road. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the trade through NAFTA contributes almost USD 6.6 billion to the revenue of the trucking industry and 31,000 jobs per year. 

NAFTA, since its introduction in 1994, has resulted in the rise of trade between the three countries, making their counterparts in North America as their major trading partners. The total imports of each country from their partners increased by threefold, since the introduction of the NAFTA. The trade between these three countries reached approximately USD 1 trillion in 2016.

The most used mode of trade through NAFTA is road transportation. In 2017,  out of the total trade of USD 1,139 billion, the total goods worth USD 720.81 billion were transported through trucks, which accounted to 63.3%, when compared to 65.5% (in terms of value) in 2016.

 

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Cross-border Freight Transport

The road freight movement of goods is the dominant mode of transportation in the United States and is an important factor for the economic growth. The transportation and warehousing sector contributed 3% to GDP in 2017. More than 50% of freight to North America from the United States is carried through trucks.

The strong and developed economy, well-developed transport infrastructure and trucking industry, and the trade through NAFTA are the major drivers for road freight movement in the United States.

The freight demand is expected to proliferate in the future. The total weight of shipments transported domestically by all modes is expected to reach 20,940 million metric ton by 2045, out of which 14,235 million metric ton is expected to be transported by trucks.

The trucking industry in the United States is one of the biggest in the world. There are approximately 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the country, according to the American Trucking Association (ATA).

The country’s trade with Canada and Mexico, by road, is also expected to rise in the future. In 2017, 41.9 million metric ton of shipments were transported to Mexico through trucks, whereas 57 million metric ton were transported to Canada.

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Competitive Landscape

The United States cross-border road freight transport market is a highly competitive market, with major international players present in the market. The market is moderately fragmented with many new players. 

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Scope of the Market

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Executive Summary

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

    1. 2.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 2.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 2.3 Analysis Methodology

    4. 2.4 Research Phases

  3. 3. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 3.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 3.2 Technological Trends (Autonomous Trucks, Electric and Alternative Fueled Vehicles, etc.)

    3. 3.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    4. 3.4 Brief on Key Transport Corridors

    5. 3.5 Insights on Customs Clearance Procedures at Border Exit Points

    6. 3.6 Review and Commentary on Driver Shortage and Fuel Costs

    7. 3.7 Insights on Prices of Freight Transport Expenditures

    8. 3.8 Insights on Sales of Different Types of Trucks and Used Trucks, and Truck Manufacturers in the United States

    9. 3.9 Qualitative and Quantitative Insights on Domestic Trucking in the United States

    10. 3.10 Overview - Cross-border Refrigerated Trucking and Key Commodity Groups Transported

    11. 3.11 Review and Commentary on the US Border States (Infrastructure, Inland Ports, Trade Lanes, etc.)

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS (DRIVERS, RESTRAINTS, AND OPPORTUNITIES)

    1. 4.1 Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

    3. 4.3 Opportunities

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION - BY SERVICE TYPE

    1. 5.1 Cross-border Freight Transport (Analysis on US-Mexico and US-Canada Freight Flows)

      1. 5.1.1 Full Truck Load

      2. 5.1.2 Less-than Truckload

      3. 5.1.3 Dedicated

    2. 5.2 International Transportation Management/Freight Forwarding

    3. 5.3 International Warehousing and Logistics

    4. 5.4 Courier, Express, and Parcel Delivery

  6. 6. PERSPECTIVES ON END USERS

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 7.2 Market Concentration Overview

    3. 7.3 Strategies Adopted by Major Players

  8. 8. COMPANY PROFILES

    1. 8.1 United Parcel Service (UPS)

    2. 8.2 DB Schenker

    3. 8.3 FedEx

    4. 8.4 C.H.Robinson

    5. 8.5 XPO Logistics Inc.

    6. 8.6 Swift Transportation Company

    7. 8.7 Schneider National

    8. 8.8 J.B.Hunt Transport Services Inc.

    9. 8.9 US Xpress

    10. 8.10 Landstar System Inc.

    11. 8.11 Old Dominion Freight Line

    12. 8.12 YRC Worldwide Inc.

    13. 8.13 Polaris Transportation Group

    14. 8.14 Moto Transportation

    15. 8.15 Hitachi Transport System*

  9. *List Not Exhaustive
  10. 9. FREIGHT FLOW-PAIR ANALYSIS OF THE KEY US STATES WITH CANADIAN PROVINCES AND MEXICAN STATES

  11. 10. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

  12. 11. APPENDIX

    1. 11.1 Economic Statistics - Transport and Storage Sector's Contribution to the Economy

    2. 11.2 United States Transport Statistics, by Mode (Focus on Share of Trucking of All Modes)

    3. 11.3 Historic Data - Road Freight Statistics

    4. 11.4 Key Cross-border Freight Data, by Canadian Provinces and Mexican States

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Frequently Asked Questions

The US Cross-Border Road Freight Transport Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

United Parcel Service (UPS), DB Schenker, FedEx, C.H.Robinson, XPO Logistics Inc. are the major companies operating in US Cross-Border Road Freight Transport Market.

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