U.S. Foreign Waterborne Freight

U.S. Foreign Waterborne Freight

Tonnage of U.S. Waterborne Imports and Exports (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

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Date Metric tons Millions of metric tons
Apr-98 90,871 90.87
May-98 93,570 93.57
Jun-98 89,575 89.58
Jul-98 93,943 93.94
Aug-98 94,120 94.12
Sep-98 85,872 85.87
Oct-98 97,768 97.77
Nov-98 89,734 89.73
Dec-98 89,016 89.02
Jan-99 82,754 82.75
Feb-99 80,036 80.04
Mar-99 87,348 87.35
Apr-99 92,065 92.07
May-99 92,096 92.1
Jun-99 95,943 95.94
Jul-99 94,950 94.95
Aug-99 93,558 93.56
Sep-99 93,979 93.98
Oct-99 94,565 94.57
Nov-99 93,378 93.38
Dec-99 90,777 90.78
Jan-00 87,075 87.08
Feb-00 88,967 88.97
Mar-00 95,947 95.95
Apr-00 91,258 91.26
May-00 98,537 98.54
Jun-00 99,498 99.5
Jul-00 100,799 100.8
Aug-00 104,721 104.72
Sep-00 96,897 96.9
Oct-00 102,817 102.82
Nov-00 94,659 94.66
Dec-00 96,658 96.66
Jan-01 100,949 100.95
Feb-01 89,003 89
Mar-01 96,822 96.82
Apr-01 98,911 98.91
May-01 99,995 100
Jun-01 94,624 94.62
Jul-01 95,676 95.68
Aug-01 100,947 100.95
Sep-01 90,618 90.62
Oct-01 101,110 101.11
Nov-01 98,928 98.93
Dec-01 93,800 93.8
Jan-02 94,005 94.01
Feb-02 84,648 84.65
Mar-02 87,831 87.83
Apr-02 99,830 99.83
May-02 94,498 94.5
Jun-02 94,316 94.32
Jul-02 96,666 96.67
Aug-02 99,991 99.99
Sep-02 89,028 89.03
Oct-02 100,055 100.06
Nov-02 97,293 97.29
Dec-02 99,049 99.05
Jan-03 94,050 94.05
Feb-03 85,222 85.22
Mar-03 97,687 97.69
Apr-03 100,275 100.28
May-03 102,715 102.72
Jun-03 100,873 100.87
Jul-03 107,423 107.42
Aug-03 102,946 102.95
Sep-03 103,295 103.3
Oct-03 109,353 109.35
Nov-03 98,216 98.22
Dec-03 104,119 104.12
Jan-04 100,434 100.43
Feb-04 97,319 97.32
Mar-04 110,003 110
Apr-04 105,950 105.95
May-04 108,205 108.21
Jun-04 112,487 112.49
Jul-04 109,856 109.86

Import and export tonnage helps identify the volume of cargo flowing through U.S. ports and the resulting vessel traffic on U.S. coastal waters. It also helps identify needs for intermodal truck and rail traffic.

Most U.S. coastal ports handle both foreign and domestic cargoes.

U.S. International Freight Jul-03 Jul-04
Total waterborne metric tons (thousands) 107,423 109,856
U.S. international freight percent change from same month previous year 11.13 2.26

2004 data are preliminary.

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

A metric ton is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Office of Statistical and Economic Analysis, U.S. Foreign Waterborne Transportation Statistics data, December 2004, available at: http://www.marad.dot.gov/statistics/usfwts/index.html.