Table 2
U.S. versus World Maritime Container Traffic and Gross Domestic Product: 1995-2009

Table 2
U.S. versus World Maritime Container Traffic and Gross Domestic Product: 1995-2009

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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 29,649 7,415 25.0 1
1996 150.8 22.6 15.0 1 30,373 7,839 25.8 1
1997 160.7 24.5 15.3 1 30,245 8,332 27.5 1
1998 169.6 26.2 15.4 2 30,017 8,794 29.3 1
1999 184.6 28.0 15.2 2 31,180 9,354 30.0 1
2000 233.5 30.4 13.0 2 32,114 9,952 31.0 1
2001 245.1 30.7 12.5 2 31,903 10,286 32.2 1
2002 269.5 32.7 12.1 2 33,210 10,642 32.0 1
2003 307.4 36.3 11.8 2 37,332 11,142 29.8 1
2004 300.8 38.7 12.9 2 41,998 11,868 28.3 1
2005 306.0 42.0 13.7 2 45,431 12,638 27.8 1
2006 426.4 44.4 10.4 2 49,155 13,399 27.3 1
2007 436.6 45.0 10.3 2 55,392 14,062 25.4 1
2008 510.1 42.8 8.4 2 61,221 14,369 23.5 1
2009 432.0 37.2 8.6 2 57,937a 14,119 24.4 1
Percent change, 1995-2009 214.9 66.6 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Average annual rate (percent), 1995-2009 8.5 3.7 NA NA NA NA NA NA

KEY: TEUs = twenty-foot equivalent units. One 20-foot container equals one TEU, and one 40-foot container equals two TEUs. NA = Not applicable.

NOTE: World 2009 GDP is an estimate that includes projections by the International Monetary Fund for some countries.

SOURCES: TEUs, world estimates, 1995-1999: Containerisation International Yearbook (London: Informa Group, Inc., 1997-2001); 2000-2009: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, based on Containerisation International Online, www.ci-online.co.uk, as of Oct. 5, 2010. TEUs, U.S. estimates, 1995-2009: American Association of Port Authorities, Industry Statistics; 1995-2009, www.aapa-ports.org/Industry, as of Sept. 16, 2010. GDP: World estimates from International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2010/01/weodata/index.aspx, as of Sept. 16, 2010; U.S. estimates from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov/national, as of Sept. 16, 2010.