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International trade and border planning

International trade is big business in Texas

The International Trade and Border Planning Branch strengthens the state of Texas' economic competitiveness in international trade through collaboration and coordination with local, regional, state, national, and binational stakeholders. The branch's efforts include, but are not limited to:

International trade and border facts

  • Texas tops all U.S. states in exports for 19th consecutive year, shipping $279.3 billion worth of goods around the globe.
  • Texas has 28 border crossings, more than any other U.S. state.
  • In 2019, the Texas-Mexico border accounts for nearly 68 percent (or $451 billion) of all international trade commerce in the U.S.
  • Mexico is Texas’ largest trading partner and plays a vital role in the state of Texas and global economies.
  • Texas has more airports, miles of public roadways, state highways, freight railways, border crossings, and foreign-trade zones than any other state in the nation.
  • Texas-Mexico border communities create jobs and enhances the quality of life for all in the region.
  • Small businesses account for nearly 93% of Texas exporters.

Border fact sheets

Border, trade, economic development studies, interactive dashboards, and reports

Border District Trade Report Dashboard - Navigate and locate trade projects in the three border districts.