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Comprehensive Borders Projects

California-Baja California Border Crossing and Trade Statistics

The California - Baja California region has seven operating land ports of entry (POEs).

In the San Diego region these include: 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.

In Imperial County these include: Calexico West-Mexicali I, Calexico East-Mexicali II, and Andrade-Los Algodones.

An eighth POE, Otay Mesa East-Mesa de Otay II, will be constructed two miles east of the existing Otay Mesa port and will accommodate passenger and cargo vehicles.

Every year the Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities (COBRO) includes a summary of border crossings and trade statistics in its agenda. Data for the report is gathered primarily from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which reports border crossing and trade information relevant to the U.S. POEs between Mexico and Canada. The annual report to COBRO summarizes key findings and highlighted analysis to provide an overview of relevant trends in people crossings, vehicle crossings, and crossborder trade.

A new SANDAG storymap provides a brief analysis of trends seen in crossborder movements before, during, and after restrictions were imposed on U.S. inbound travel in response to COVID-19. Despite the global pandemic and a highly restricted border environment, hundreds of thousands of people, tens of thousands of vehicles, and millions of dollars in trade continued to cross daily. This flow of people and goods reflects an interdependence and deeply linked economic, social, and cultural reality on both sides of the border. The California-Baja California Border Crossing and Trade Data storymap also includes an interactive datatool allowing users to view and filter these data by time period and Port of Entry, as well as links to related planning documents and projects that SANDAG and partner agencies are investing in to improve crossborder mobility.

Project Manager

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

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