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The Detroit/Toledo/Windsor trade corridor stands ready to assist you with moving goods throughout the Midwest. The region has the capacity, skills and world class infrastructure to move products effectively and efficiently throughout the Midwest and North America. In 2009, Michigan ranked as the 9th largest exporting state in the U.S.

Our airports offer non-stop flights to more than 160 destinations. Wayne County’s Detroit Metropolitan Airport serves as a major hub for Delta Airlines. Four of the seven Class I railroads operating more than 3,600 miles of track can access all North American markets. The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest land border crossing in North America.

The Detroit/Windsor border is the richest border in the world with more than $300 million in trade crossing each day.

Economic Impact of the Detroit/Windsor Border

  • U.S. trade with Canada averages $1.5B per day, more than the U.S. trade with the entire European Union.
  • Michigan accounts for more than 50 percent of the U.S. trade with Canada, with almost all of that handled in Detroit & Port Huron.
  • In 2008, Canadians and Michigan residents crossed the border almost 2.8 million times.
  • In 2007, approximately 3,500 Canadian health care workers commuted across the border for work daily.
  • In 2008, the Detroit MSA exported $44.5 billion, accounting for more than 70% of Michigan’s total merchandise exports.

Source: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.

Logistics Advantages

The Detroit/Toledo/Windsor trade corridor has a unique advantage in that it’s an international trade corridor boasting trade cooperation on both sides of the Detroit River.  The Detroit port sits 988 miles from Halifax and 618 miles from Montreal making our region ideal for entering into the United States and moving goods throughout the Midwest.

New and expanding companies need a well connected and efficient transportation system. The Detroit region serves as the busiest northern border crossing into Canada and sits along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The region is centrally located in one of the largest economic and trade corridors, moving more than $197 billion in 2008 through its borders. The region is home to a world class transportation, logistics & distribution center.  Regional Detroit businesses exported more than $40 billion in goods in 2011.

Michigan Top 5 Exports by Product
NAICS Product 2011
336 Transportation Equipment $24,958,540,053
333 Machinery, Except Electrical $4,612,333,836
331 Primary Metal Manufacturers $2,975,277,725
334 Computer and Electronic Products $2,637,901,778
332 Fabricated Metal Products, NESOI $1,685,564,616
TOTAL $40,168,240,089

Source: International Trade Administration

Michigan Exports by Country
County 2011
Canada $23,577,576,848
Mexico $8,964,673,647
China $2,687,599,025
Germany $1,798,822,226
Japan $1,337,389,368
Saudi Arabia $1,160,158,389
South Korea $970,769,277
Brazil $759,922,650
United Kingdom $700,033,364
Australia $699,526,057
World $51,003,027,609

Intermodal Assets

The Detroit region’s transportation, distribution and logistics industry is supported by seven international border crossings and ranks as the busiest northern border crossing in North America. Within the region there are two bridges, two rail tunnels, two truck ferries and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. In addition, the region is supported by nine airports and air fields, three marine ports, eight rail yards.  In addition, the region’s 11 interstates reach from Canada to Mexico via Detroit.  The Detroit, Toldeo and Windsor ports are among the largest along the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Water Ports

  • The Detroit Port is the second largest customs port of entry in the United States by value of goods.
  • The Detroit Port is responsible for importing more than 750 million tons of steel annually.
  • The Port of Windsor is made of more than 13 miles of shoreline and is the third largest Canadian Great Lakes port.
  • The Toledo Port is comprised of 15 marine terminals, which handle nearly all-types of commodity transported via waterways.

The trade region is supported by 11 interstates that reach from Quebec, Canada to Mexico and connect our region to both the east and west coasts. Within Southeast Michigan there are nearly 4,900 truck route miles of highways and roads.

With truck traffic expected to double by 2020, the Detroit trade corridor is positioned to assist trucking companies with lowering their costs associated with truck delays in high congested markets such as Chicago.


  • Detroit and Port Huron are the largest and fourth busiest border crossings in North America.
  • Roughly 10,000 trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge each day.
  • The Blue Water Bridge accounts for nearly 14% of truck trade between the United States and Canada.

Through service agreements, all major railroads serve the trade corridor and are able to ship throughout North America.

  • The Detroit Region is served by four of the seven national Class I railroads in the United States, unique to only 1/3 of the United States.
  • There are more than 3,600 miles of track in Michigan and 5,200 miles of track in Ohio.
  • Three of the four railroads have intermodal terminals in regional Detroit.
  • Toledo ranks as one of the Top 5 rail hubs in the United States.

The economic region is home to 9 airports with more than $1.1 billion annually in cargo and nonstop service to more than 160 destinations.

  • Within the 10-county Detroit region there are 5 major airports and several airfields.
  • Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) ranks as the 12th busiest airport in North America and 17th in the World for airport operations. Detroit Metro annually has more movements than JKF or Laguardia in New York and Boston Logan Airport in Massachusetts.
  • Toledo Express Airport has the only heavy freight air sorting complex in North America and offers weekly cargo flights to Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany and the Middle East.
  • DH Schenker‘s, formerly BAX Global, global hub is located at Toledo Express Airport.

Intermodal Facilities

  • There are nine intermodal freight facilities spread throughout the Detroit region.
  • More than 70% of the freight traffic in the region is handled by the trucking industry.
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