Table 15 - Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports: 1995-2004

Table 15 - Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports: 1995-2004

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Port Thousands of TEUs Average number of TEUs per day Percent change
1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 1995 2004 1995-2004
Los Angeles CA 1,849 3,228 3,428 4,060 4,664 4,875 5,066 13,355 163.6
Long Beach CA 2,137 3,204 3,195 3,184 3,091 3,764 5,855 10,313 76.1
New York NY 1,537 2,200 2,355 2,627 2,803 3,163 4,211 8,666 105.8
Charleston SC 758 1,246 1,159 1,197 1,250 1,421 2,077 3,894 87.5
Savannah GA 445 720 813 1,014 1,124 1,290 1,219 3,535 189.9
Norfolk VA 647 850 885 982 1,093 1,206 1,773 3,304 86.4
Oakland CA 919 989 963 979 1,064 1,197 2,518 3,280 30.3
Houston TX 489 733 783 851 933 1,098 1,340 3,008 124.5
Seattle WA 993 960 824 850 815 1,049 2,721 2,874 5.7
Tacoma WA 425 647 612 769 931 941 1,164 2,577 121.3
Top 10 U.S. Ports 10,199 14,777 15,017 16,513 17,768 20,004 27,942 54,807 96.1
Top 10 ports as % of total 76.5 74.1 82.9 83.7 83.5 83.9 36,515 65,344 79.0
Total, all ports (1) 13,328 19,938 18,117 19,729 21,289 23,851 36,515 65,344 79.0

(1) Includes all container ports in the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

NOTE: TEUs = 20-foot equivalent units. One 20-foot container equals 1 TEU while one 40-foot container equals 2 TEUs. The data in this table include only loaded containers engaged in U.S.-international maritime activity. Data include U.S. imports, exports, and transshipments. Transshipments neither originate nor are destined for the United States but pass through it from one foreign country to another. For example, an automobile component shipped from Japan and destined for Mexico, may pass through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before being trucked to Mexico. Therefore the trade levels will be greater than those reported in U.S.-international trade statistics, which exclude transshipments. The data also exclude military shipments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, September 2005; based on Journal of Commerce, Port Import/Export Reporting Services (PIERS) data multiple years.