Table 2 Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports: 1995-2005

Table 2
Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports: 1995-2005

(Thousands of TEUs)

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Port 1995 2000 2005 Daily average number of TEUs (1995) Daily average number of TEUs (2000) Daily average number of TEUs (2005) Percent change, 1995-2005 Average annual growth rate, 1995-2005 (percent)
Los Angeles, CA 1,849 3,228 4,864 5,066 8,843 13,326 163.1 10.2
Long Beach, CA 2,137 3,204 4,378 5,855 8,777 11,996 104.9 7.4
New York, NY 1,537 2,200 3,387 4,211 6,028 9,280 120.4 8.2
Charleston, SC 758 1,246 1,509 2,077 3,414 4,133 99.0 7.1
Savannah, GA 445 720 1,469 1,219 1,973 4,025 230.2 12.7
Oakland, CA 919 989 1,374 2,518 2,709 3,764 49.5 4.1
Seattle, WA 993 960 1,339 2,721 2,630 3,670 34.9 3.0
Norfolk, VA 647 850 1,319 1,773 2,330 3,613 103.8 7.4
Houston, TX 489 733 1,222 1,340 2,009 3,347 149.8 9.6
Tacoma, WA 604 647 1,155 1,654 1,773 3,164 91.3 6.7
Total top 10 ports 10,378 14,777 22,016 28,432 40,486 60,318 112.1 7.8
Total all ports1 13,328 17,938 25,868 36,515 49,144 70,872 94.1 6.9
Top 10, percent of total 77.9 82.4 85.1          

NOTE: TEUS = twenty-foot equivalent units. One twenty-foot container equals one TEU while one forty-foot container equals two TEUs.

1 Total includes ports for all container ports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The data in this table include only loaded containers in U.S. international maritime activity. It includes U.S. imports, exports, plus transshipments, therefore the trade levels will be greater than those reported from U.S. international trade statistics, which excludes transshipments. The data also excludes military shipments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration which are drawn from the Journal of Commerce, Port Import/Export Reporting Service (PIERS) data system, and available at www.marad.dot.gov, as of November 2006.