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Comprehensive Borders Projects

San Diego-Baja California Border Crossing and Trade Statistics

The San Diego - Baja California region has three operating land port of entries (POE): San Ysidro - Puerta México, Otay Mesa - Mesa de Otay, and Tecate - Tecate. A fourth POE, Otay Mesa East (Mesa de Otay II on the Mexican side), is under construction two miles east of the existing Otay Mesa port, and will accommodate passenger and cargo vehicles.

The San Ysidro - Puerta México POE is the world’s busiest international border crossing, while the Otay Mesa - Mesa de Otay POE is the main commercial gateway for international trade between California and Mexico. The Tecate - Tecate POE is the smallest POE in the region, and is located in the eastern portion of San Diego County.

Every year, the Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities includes a summary of border crossings and trade statistics at the San Diego – Baja California land ports of entry in its agenda.

Data is gathered from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, based on data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and is presented in two main categories: vehicles (private vehicles, buses, and trucks) and individuals (pedestrians and passengers in vehicles). For trade statistics the two main categories are trucks and rail.

For detailed tables and charts, please see the 2017 San Diego-Baja California Border Crossings and Trade Statistics report and presentation.

Project Manager

Hector Vanegas, Borders Program Manager
Phone: (619) 699-1972, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or