Figure 6
Growth in U.S. Waterborne Foreign Containerized Trade, Overall Freight, and Real GDP: 1995-2009

Figure 6
Growth in U.S. Waterborne Foreign Containerized Trade, Overall Freight, and Real GDP: 1995-2009

(Index 2000 = 100)

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  U.S.-loaded TEUs U.S. real GDP Freight TSI
1995 51 72 79
1996 57 75 78
1997 57 78 84
1998 60 81 90
1999 63 85 92
2000 69 89 90
2001 69 90 88
2002 76 91 91
2003 82 94 93
2004 91 97 99
2005 100 100 100
2006 106 103 99
2007 111 105 98
2008 109 105 97
2009 96 102 86

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

NOTE: Real GDP growth is measured at seasonally adjusted annual rates based on chained 2005 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 GDP data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Economic Accounts, National Incomes and Products Account, www.bea.gov/national/, as of Sept. 16, 2010. 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.