TABLE 8. U.S. Maritime Freight Gateways, Ranked by Value and Weight: 2008

TABLE 8. U.S. Maritime Freight Gateways, Ranked by Value and Weight: 2008

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Value (current $, millions)

Rank by value Port name U.S. maritime trade Exports Imports
1 Los Angeles, CA 243,910 34,823 209,086
2 New York/New Jersey, NY/NJ 185,385 50,568 134,817
3 Houston, TX 147,695 68,821 78,873
4 Long Beach, CA 91,537 31,599 59,938
5 Charleston, SC 62,332 22,281 40,051
6 Savannah, GA 58,987 22,838 36,150
7 Norfolk, VA 53,950 23,927 30,023
8 New Orleans, LA 49,765 25,348 24,417
9 Baltimore, MD 45,312 16,126 29,187
10 Philadelphia, PA 43,176 5,039 38,137
11 Seattle, WA 39,989 9,940 30,049
12 Oakland, CA 38,698 12,400 26,299
13 Morgan City, LA1 38,503 217 38,287
14 Tacoma, WA 35,322 8,230 27,092
15 Corpus Christi, TX 29,685 4,965 24,721
16 Gramercy, LA 24,261 8,778 15,482
17 Jacksonville, FL 22,970 11,164 11,805
18 Texas City, TX 22,726 3,264 19,462
19 Port Everglades, FL 22,572 12,001 10,570
20 Miami, FL 22,183 11,084 11,100
TOTAL, top 20 seaports 1,278,960 383,413 895,546
TOTAL, U.S. waterborne trade (all seaports) 1,623,863 471,536 1,152,327
Top 20 seaports as share of U.S. maritime total (percent) 78.8 81.3 77.7

Weight (short tons, thousands)

Rank by weight Port name U.S. maritime trade Exports Imports
1 Houston, TX 150,278 57,106 93,172
2 New Orleans, LA 97,575 62,167 35,408
3 New York/New Jersey, NY/NJ 90,445 22,838 67,606
4 Los Angeles, CA 75,286 21,771 53,515
5 Gramercy, LA 60,723 29,868 30,855
6 Morgan City, LA1 59,922 71 59,851
7 Philadelphia, PA 54,652 3,288 51,364
8 Corpus Christi, TX 54,108 11,225 42,883
9 Long Beach, CA 47,762 25,819 21,943
10 Norfolk, VA 39,180 29,198 9,981
11 Mobile, AL 37,381 14,184 23,197
12 Savannah, GA 35,977 16,889 19,087
13 Texas City, TX 35,930 4,670 31,260
14 Beaumont, TX 35,142 5,272 29,870
15 Baltimore, MD 32,938 14,973 17,965
16 Arthur, TX 31,550 6,395 25,155
17 Lake Charles, LA 30,887 5,640 25,246
18 Christiansted, VI 26,895 4,250 22,645
19 Freeport, TX 25,507 2,493 23,014
20 Baton Rouge, LA 24,181 5,921 18,260
TOTAL, top 20 seaports 1,046,319 344,039 702,280
TOTAL U.S. waterborne trade (all seaports) 1,518,672 535,527 983,145
Top 20 seaports as share of U.S. maritime total (percent) 68.9 64.2 71.4

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).

1 The Port of Morgan City, LA specializes in handling imports.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, special tabulation, April 2009.