Figure 5 Growth in U.S. Container Trade, Overall Freight, and Real GDP: 1995-2008

Figure 5
Growth in U.S. Container Trade, Overall Freight, and Real GDP: 1995-2008

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(Index 2000 = 100)

  U.S.-loaded TEUs U.S. real GDP Freight TSI
1995 73 82 88
1996 74 85 87
1997 83 89 94
1998 87 92 100
1999 92 96 103
2000 100 100 100
2001 101 101 99
2002 110 102 101
2003 119 105 104
2004 133 109 110
2005 145 112 112
2006 154 115 111
2007 162 117 109
2008 157 119 109

NOTE: Real GDP growth is measured at seasonally adjusted annual rates based on chained 2000 dollars. TSI figures are annualized estimates based on the monthly published estimates.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Economic Accounts, National Incomes and Products Account, www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/index.asp, as of March 14, 2009. TEU data 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). Freight TSI data based on monthly freight TSI estimates from U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, monthly TSI press releases at www.bts.gov.