Table 2 U.S. versus World Maritime Container Traffic and Gross Domestic Product: 1995-2008

Table 2
U.S. versus World Maritime Container Traffic and Gross Domestic Product: 1995-2008

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  Container traffic (total TEUs loaded and empty) Gross Domestic Product (current U.S. dollars)
World (millions) United States (millions) U.S. share of world total (percent) U.S. rank World (billions) United States (billions) U.S. share of World GDP (percent) U.S. rank
1995 137.2 22.3 16.3 1 29,391 7,398 25.2 1
1996 150.8 22.6 15.0 1 30,080 7,817 26.0 1
1997 160.7 24.5 15.3 1 29,928 8,304 27.7 1
1998 169.6 26.2 15.4 2 29,682 8,747 29.5 1
1999 184.6 28.0 15.2 2 30,786 9,268 30.1 1
2000 233.5 30.4 13.0 2 31,650 9,817 31.0 1
2001 245.1 30.7 12.5 2 31,456 10,128 32.2 1
2002 269.5 32.7 12.1 2 32,714 10,470 32.0 1
2003 307.4 36.3 11.8 2 36,751 10,961 29.8 1
2004 300.8 38.7 12.9 2 41,258 11,686 28.3 1
2005 306.0 42.0 13.7 2 44,455 12,422 27.9 1
2006 426.4 44.4 10.4 2 48,665 13,178 27.1 1
2007 436.6 45.0 10.3 2 54,585 13,808 25.3 1
2008 387.1 38.0 9.8 2 60,863a 14,265 23.4 1
Percent change, 1995-2008 182.1 70.1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Average annual rate (percents), 1995-2008 8.3 4.2 -- -- -- -- -- --

a World 2008 GDP is an estimate that includes projections by the International Monetary Fund for some countries.

KEY: TEUs = twenty-foot equivalent units. One 20-foot container equals one TEU, and one 40-foot container equals two TEUs.

SOURCES: TEUs, world estimates, 1995-1999: Containerisation International Yearbook (London: Informa Group, Inc., 1997-2001); 2000-2008: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, based on Containerisation International Online, www.ci-online.co.uk, as March 30, 2009. TEUs, U.S. estimates, 1995-2007: American Association of Port Authorities, Industry Statistics; 1995-2007, www.aapa-ports.org/Industry, as of April 20, 2009; 2008: Containerisation International Online, www.ci-online.co.uk, as of April 20, 2009. GDP: World estimates from International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2009/01/weodata/index.aspx, as of April 20, 2009; U.S. estimates from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov/national, as of March 30, 2009.