In 2016 the monthly number of international border crossings in the U.S. amounted to more than 9 million personal vehicles and 900,000 trucks according to the United States Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Trucks are the most common mode used to move imports and exports between international gateways and inland locations. This trend is expected to continue with tonnage of international trade forecast to grow at a rate of 3.4 percent per year.
U.S. trade with both Canada and Mexico has grown rapidly since 2000. Trucks transport the largest share of total trade value with Canada and Mexico. In 2014, 5.4 million trucks hauled nearly 3.8 million loaded containers into the United States from Mexico.
Border crossings are potential bottlenecks in the freight transportation network. The MMPDS for Border Crossings is a passive, safe, and effective automated scanning system for quickly detecting, locating and identifying unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear threats. It finds explosives and other contraband including weapons, alcohol, cigarettes/tobacco, drugs/narcotics, precious metals, and smuggled humans. The MMPDS Gen3 has rapid and effective scanning capabilities that uniquely facilitate the safe and secure flow of commerce and optimize the global supply chain.
MMPDS for Border Crossings