TABLE 8. U.S. Maritime Freight Gateways, Ranked by Value and Weight, 2003

TABLE 8. U.S. Maritime Freight Gateways, Ranked by Value and Weight, 2003

Value (current $, millions)

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Rank by value Port name U.S. maritime trade Exports Imports
1 Port of Los Angeles, CA 122,051 16,865 105,186
2 Port of New York and New Jersey 101,176 24,303 76,873
3 Port of Long Beach, CA 95,863 17,163 78,700
4 Port of Houston, TX 49,893 21,439 28,454
5 Port of Charleston, SC 39,375 13,374 26,000
6 Port of Norfolk Harbor, VA 29,495 11,026 18,469
7 Port of Tacoma, WA 26,332 5,203 21,129
8 Port of Baltimore, MD 25,956 5,686 20,270
9 Port of Oakland, CA 25,144 7,762 17,382
10 Port of Seattle, WA 23,078 5,688 17,390
11 Port of Savannah, GA 21,349 7,418 13,931
12 Port of New Orleans, LA 19,411 11,237 8,174
13 Port of Miami, FL 16,610 6,826 9,785
14 Port of Portland, OR 11,810 2,966 8,844
15 Port of Jacksonville, FL 11,235 2,334 8,901
16 Port Everglades, FL 10,499 4,348 6,151
17 Port of Philadelphia, PA 10,315 634 9,681
18 Port of Morgan City, LA 10,108 181 9,927
19 Port of Corpus Christie, TX 9,859 1,957 7,902
20 Port of Beaumont, TX 9,616 954 8,662
Total, U.S. waterborne trade (all seaports)   811,086 206,205 604,881
Total, top 20 seaports   669,174 167,362 501,812
Top 20 seaports as share of U.S. maritime total (percent)   82.5 81.2 83.0

Weight (Short tons, thousands)

Rank by weight Port name U.S. maritime trade Exports Imports
1 Port of Houston, TX 126,098 36,245 89,853
2 Port of South Louisiana, LA 80,324 49,517 30,807
3 Port of New York and New Jersey 77,934 8,739 69,195
4 Port of Beaumont, TX 68,747 5,415 63,331
5 Port of Corpus Christi, TX 53,386 8,631 44,755
6 Port of Long Beach, CA 51,348 14,176 37,172
7 Port of New Orleans, LA 48,697 27,898 20,799
8 Port of Texas City, TX 43,392 3,207 40,185
9 Port of Los Angeles, CA 41,840 12,682 29,158
10 Port of Lake Charles, LA 31,762 3,937 27,825
11 Port of Freeport, TX 25,089 2,425 22,663
12 Port of Mobile, AL 25,019 7,474 17,545
13 Port of Norfolk Harbor, VA 24,187 15,045 9,142
14 Port of Baltimore, MD 23,955 5,095 18,860
15 Port of Baton Rouge, LA 23,095 4,446 18,650
16 Port of Savannah, GA 21,268 8,211 13,057
17 Port of Pascagoula, MS 20,783 3,269 17,514
18 Port of Plaquemines, LA 18,917 10,449 8,468
19 Port of Philadelphia, PA 18,481 166 18,315
20 Port Arthur, TX 18,421 4,161 14,259
Total U.S. waterborne trade (all seaports)   1,211,480 363,478 848,002
Total, top 20 seaports   842,742 231,190 611,552
Top 20 seaports as share of U.S. maritime total (percent)   69.6 63.6 72.1

NOTE: Data do not include intransits (i.e., shipments transiting U.S. ports from one foreign country to another but not counted as part of U.S. official merchandise trade.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistic, based on: Value--U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division, August 2004; Weight--special tabulations from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce of United States data, November 2004.