FIGURE 2. Top 25 U.S. Freight Gateways, Ranked by Value of Shipments: 2008

FIGURE 2. Top 25 U.S. Freight Gateways, Ranked by Value of Shipments: 2008

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Rank Port name Mode Total U.S. trade Exports Imports
1 Port of Los Angeles Water 244 35 209
2 Port of New York and New Jersey Water 185 51 135
3 JFK International Airport, NY Air 168 86 82
4 Port of Houston, TX Water 148 69 79
5 Detroit, MI Land 120 66 54
6 Laredo, TX Land 116 54 62
7 Chicago, IL Air 97 36 61
8 Port of Long Beach, CA Water 92 32 60
9 Port Huron, MI Land 81 35 46
10 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Land 81 40 41
11 Los Angeles International Airport, CA Air 78 41 37
12 Port of Charleston, SC Water 62 22 40
13 Port of Savannah, GA Water 59 23 36
14 Port of Norfolk, VA Water 54 24 30
15 San Francisco International Airport, CA Air 53 27 26
16 New Orleans, LA Air 50 25 24
17 El Paso, TX Land 48 20 28
18 Port of Baltimore, MD Water 45 16 29
19 Port of New Orleans, LA Water 45 20 25
20 Port of Philadelphia, PA Water 43 5 38
21 Anchorage, AK Air 41 10 31
22 Miami International Airport, FL Air 40 29 11
23 Port of Seattle, WA Water 40 10 30
24 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Air 39 16 23
25 Port of Oakland, CA Water 39 12 26

NOTES: All data-Trade levels reflect the mode of transportation as a shipment enters or exits a U.S. Customs port. Flows through individual ports are based on reported data collected from U.S. trade documents. Low-value shipments (imports less than $1,250 and exports less than $2,500) and intransit shipments are not included in trade data.

Air-Data for all airports are based on U.S. port classifications and include a low level (generally less than 2 percent to 3 percent of the total value) of small user-fee airports located in the same region. Air gateways not identified by airport name include major airports in that geographic area in addition to small regional airports. Because of U.S. Census Bureau nondisclosure regulations, data for some of the air gateways include courier operations. For example, data for New Orleans International Airport include FedEx air cargo activity in Memphis, TN.

SOURCES: Air and water-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, special tabulation, April 2009. Land-U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data, as of April 2009.