Table 3
Top 10 Ports for U.S. Waterborne Foreign Containerized Trade by Loaded TEUs: 1995, 2000, 2008, and 2009

Table 3
Top 10 Ports for U.S. Waterborne Foreign Containerized Trade by Loaded TEUs: 1995, 2000, 2008, and 2009

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U.S. Customs port Annual traffic (thousands) Daily average Trend
1995 2000 2008 2009 1995 2000 2008 2009 Percent change, 2008-2009 Percent change, 1995-2009 Average annual growth rate, 1995-2009 (percent)
Los Angeles, CA 1,849 3,228 5,611 5,011 5,066 8,843 15,373 13,730 -10.7 171.0 7.4
Long Beach, CA 2,137 3,204 4,553 3,748 5,855 8,777 12,474 10,268 -17.7 75.4 4.1
New York/New Jersey, NY/NJ 1,537 2,200 3,956 3,577 4,211 6,028 10,838 9,799 -9.6 132.7 6.2
Savannah, GA 445 720 2,106 1,907 1,219 1,973 5,771 5,226 -9.4 328.6 11.0
Oakland, CA 919 989 1,388 1,392 2,518 2,709 3,803 3,814 0.3 51.5 3.0
Norfolk, VA 647 850 1,585 1,372 1,773 2,330 4,341 3,759 -13.4 112.1 5.5
Houston, TX 489 733 1,363 1,255 1,340 2,009 3,733 3,437 -7.9 156.6 7.0
Seattle, WA 993 960 1,080 1,068 2,721 2,630 2,958 2,927 -1.0 7.6 0.5
Charleston, SC 758 1,246 1,326 951 2,077 3,414 3,632 2,605 -28.3 25.4 1.6
Tacoma, WA 604 647 1,118 870 1,654 1,773 3,063 2,384 -22.1 44.2 2.6
Total top 10 ports 10,378 14,777 24,085 21,152 28,432 40,486 65,985 57,949 -12.2 103.8 5.2
Total all ports1 13,328 17,938 28,309 24,989 36,515 49,144 77,558 68,463 -11.7 87.5 4.6
Top 10, percent of total 77.9 82.4 85.1 84.6 77.9 82.4 85.1 84.6 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: 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 Container ports in all U.S. coastal 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 Sept. 16, 2010.