Table 3 Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports by Loaded TEUs: 1995, 2000, 2007, and 2008

Table 3
Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports by Loaded TEUs: 1995, 2000, 2007, and 2008

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Port Annual traffic (thousands) Daily average Trend
1995 2000 2007 2008 1995 2000 2007 2008 Percent change, 2007-2008 Percent change, 1995-2008 Average annual growth rate, 1995-2008 (percent)
Los Angeles, CA 1,849 3,228 5,740 5,671 5,066 8,843 15,727 15,537 -1.2 206.7 9.0
Long Beach, CA 2,137 3,204 4,995 4,612 5,855 8,777 13,685 12,635 -7.7 115.8 6.1
New York/New Jersey, NY/NJ 1,537 2,200 3,935 3,992 4,211 6,028 10,782 10,938 1.4 159.7 7.6
Savannah, GA 445 720 2,042 2,116 2,077 3,414 5,593 5,797 3.6 375.5 12.7
Norfolk, VA 647 850 1,573 1,592 1,219 1,973 4,310 4,360 1.2 146.0 7.2
Oakland, CA 919 989 1,451 1,395 2,518 2,709 3,976 3,821 -3.9 51.8 3.3
Charleston, SC 758 1,246 1,416 1,371 2,721 2,630 3,879 3,756 -3.2 80.8 4.7
Houston, TX 489 733 1,408 1,331 1,773 2,330 3,859 3,646 -5.5 172.2 8.0
Seattle, WA 993 960 1,151 1,129 1,340 2,009 3,152 3,094 -1.9 13.7 1.0
Tacoma, WA 604 647 1,289 1,083 1,654 1,773 3,533 2,966 -16.0 79.3 4.6
Total top 10 ports 10,378 14,777 25,001 24,291 28,432 40,486 68,495 66,550 -2.8 134.1 6.8
Total all ports1 13,328 17,938 28,969 28,190 36,515 49,144 79,368 77,234 -2.7 111.5 5.9
Top 10, percent of total 77.9 82.4 86.3 86.2 77.9 82.4 86.3 86.2 -- -- --

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

NOTE: The data in this table include only loaded containers in U.S. international maritime activity and cover U.S. imports, exports, and transshipments. Therefore, the trade levels will be greater than those reported from U.S. international trade statistics, which exclude transshipments. The data also exclude military shipments.

1 All container ports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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), as of March 20, 2009.