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

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

Based on preliminary data for 2009, only 2 U.S. ports—Los Angeles and Long Beach—ranked among the world's top 20 container ports when measured by TEUs, placing 16th and 18th respectively (table 6). In 2008, the Port of New York/New Jersey ranked 20th, but it subsequently dropped to the 22nd in 2009. Since 2000, both Los Angeles and Long Beach have dropped in the rankings of the world's top 20 ports, not due to declining volume but because container traffic at Asian ports grew at a faster rate. Chinese seaports have become more dominant since 2000, and today 6 of the top 10 world ports are in China. In 2000, 4 of these Chinese ports were not in the top 10 (table 6). Figure 18 shows the locations of the top 20 world container ports in 2009, the 2009 ranking by TEUs of cargo handled, and the cargo increases since 2000.