Table 16
U.S. International Freight and Port Services Trade: 1990-2008

Table 16
U.S. International Freight and Port Services Trade: 1990-2008

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(Billions of current $)

Year Total Freight services Port services
Freight services Port services Receipts (exports) Payments (imports) Receipts (exports) Payments (imports)
1990 23.4 23.6 8.4 15.0 13.7 9.9
1991 23.2 24.4 8.7 14.6 14.0 10.4
1992 22.0 23.3 8.4 13.6 13.1 10.2
1993 23.1 23.4 8.6 14.5 13.4 10.0
1994 25.6 24.2 9.6 16.0 14.2 10.0
1995 27.7 25.4 11.3 16.5 14.8 10.6
1996 27.7 25.8 11.1 16.5 14.9 10.9
1997 29.4 26.5 11.8 17.7 15.2 11.3
1998 30.5 25.5 11.0 19.4 14.6 11.0
1999 33.8 27.3 11.6 22.2 15.4 11.9
2000 39.9 31.3 12.5 27.4 17.3 14.0
2001 37.5 29.7 11.7 25.7 16.7 12.9
2002 38.3 29.3 12.3 26.0 16.9 12.4
2003 45.7 30.4 13.9 31.8 17.5 12.9
2004 54.7 36.4 15.5 39.2 21.5 14.9
2005 60.4 42.8 16.5 43.9 24.8 18.0
2006 63.2 48.4 17.4 45.7 28.8 19.6
2007 65.4 53.2 19.8 45.6 31.7 21.5
2008 67.7 63.4 22.4 45.2 36.5 26.9

NOTE: Payments consist of money paid by domestic consumers to foreign carriers or service providers. Receipts consist of money received by domestic carriers or service providers from foreign sources.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. International Transactions Accounts Data, available at www.bea.gov as of Sept. 10, 2009.

  • In 2008, U.S. receipts for freight transportation services totaled $22 billion, double the amount in 1998. Payments for freight services were $45 billion, more than twice the amount in 1998.

  • From 1998 to 2008, receipts and payments for port services more than doubled, to $37 billion and $27 billion respectively.