On a typical day in 2007, more than 70,000 individual container units entered the United States by ocean vessel, truck, and rail. In 2000, the figure was about 50,000 units per day.
Overall, there were over 25 million container entries into the United States by all modes of transportation in 2007, up 38 percent from nearly 19 million in 2000. In addition to the more than 11 million oceanborne containers used to bring goods into the United States, over 14 million containers entered the nation by truck and rail from Canada and Mexico in 2007 (table 6). The large number of containers crossing by land border into the United States by surface modes reflects the importance of U.S. trade with two of our top three trading partners. From 2000 to 2007, the number of truck, rail, and maritime container units (loaded and unloaded) crossing into the United States rose by 8 percent, 27 percent, and 94 percent, respectively.