– 2020 value of car exports: $1,320,000,000 (0.5% of all exports in state)
– 2019 value of car exports: $1,570,000,000 (0.5%)
– Change between 2019–2020: -15.9%
Ports in Houston, and Galveston and Freeport, Texas, are among those in the Gulf of Mexico that are playing a larger role in shipping cars for export, especially those manufactured in the Southeast. Texas has passenger vehicle assembly plants operated by the General Motors Co., Toyota, and Tesla. GM’s plant in Arlington, Texas, opened in 1954, and Toyota began production of pickup trucks at its San Antonio plant in 2006. Then in July 2020, Tesla announced it would open its second U.S. assembly plant in the Austin area.