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Comprehensive Borders Projects

San Diego-Baja California Border Crossing and Trade Statistics

The San Diego - Baja California region has four operating land ports of entry (POEs): San Ysidro-Puerta México/Ped West-El Chaparral, Otay Mesa-Mesa de Otay, Tecate-Tecate, and the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) which is a privately operated paid-use facility for travelers accessing the Tijuana International Airport. A fifth POE, Otay Mesa East (Mesa de Otay II on the Mexican side), will be constructed two miles east of the existing Otay Mesa port and will accommodate passenger and cargo vehicles.

The San Ysidro-Puerta México/Ped West-El Chaparral POE is one of the world’s busiest international border crossings, while the Otay Mesa-Mesa de Otay POE continues to be the main commercial gateway for international trade between California and Mexico. The Tecate-Tecate POE is a smaller facility and is located in the eastern portion of San Diego County. CBX is a 'first-of-its-kind' border crossing and airport access terminal that is located directly on an international boundary.

Every year, the Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities (COBRO) includes a summary of border crossings and trade statistics for 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 trade via truck and trade via rail.

For detailed tables and charts, please see the 2018 San Diego-Baja California Border Crossings and Trade Statistics report and presentation.

Project Manager

Zach Hernandez, Regional Borders Planner
Phone: (619) 699-6912, Email:

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