Ranking of U.S. Ports Among World's Top Ports

Ranking of U.S. Ports Among World's Top Ports

In 2008, only 3 U.S. ports-Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York/New Jersey-ranked among the world's top 20 container ports when measured by TEUs, placing 16th, 17th, and 20th, respectively (table 5). Since 2000, these 3 U.S. ports have dropped in the ranking of the world's top 20 ports as European and Southeast Asian ports handled more containerized cargo. During the same period, Chinese seaports became more dominant, and today 6 of the top 10 world ports are in China. Figure 12 shows the locations of the top 20 world container ports in 2008, the 2008 ranking by TEUs of cargo handled, and the cargo increases since 2000.