Table 15 Top Foreign Trade Freight Gateways by Value of Shipments: 1999

Table 15 Top Foreign Trade Freight Gateways by Value of Shipments: 1999

(Billions of 1999 U.S. dollars)

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Rank Gateway Exports Imports Total
1 JFK International, NY (air) 44.4 60.6 105.0
2 Port of Detroit, MI (land) 48.5 44.1 92.6
3 Port of Long Beach, CA (water) 14.3 75.2 89.5
4 Port of Los Angeles, CA (water) 14.1 69.1 83.2
5 Port of New York, NY and NJ (water) 17.9 54.2 72.1
6 San Francisco Airport, CA (air) 32.1 39.8 71.9
7 Port of Buffalo-Niagra Falls, NY (land) 35.2 35.6 70.8
8 Los Angeles International Airport, CA (air) 35.9 31.3 67.2
9 Port of Laredo, TX (land) 29.8 34.9 64.7
10 Port of Huron, MI (land) 17.3 32.4 49.7
11 Chicago, IL (air) 18.1 21.5 39.6
12 Port of Houston, TX (water) 16.6 17.3 33.9
13 Port of El Paso, TX (land) 13.8 19.0 32.8
14 Port of Seattle, WA (water) 5.5 26.2 31.7
15 Port of Charleston, SC (water) 11.2 18.3 29.5
16 Port of Oakland, CA (water) 10.1 14.9 25.0
17 Port of Norfolk, VA (water) 11.4 13.3 24.7
18 New Orleans, LA (air) 10.4 12.8 23.2
19 Miami International Airport, FL (air) 15.1 8.0 23.1
20 Anchorage, AK (air) 6.3 15.4 21.7

Key: a = air; l = land; w = water.

Notes: Trade excludes low-value shipments (imports valued at less than $1,250 and exports valued at less than $2,500). Air: Includes a low level (generally less than 2%-3% of the total value) of small user-fee airports located in the same region. Air gateways not identified by airport name (e.g., Chicago, IL) include major airport(s) in that geographic area in addition to small regional airports. Due to Census Bureau confidentiality regulations, courier operations are included in the airport totals for JFK, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Anchorage. Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Sources: Air--U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, special tabulation, November 2000. Water--U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Maritime Administration, Office of Statistical and Economic Analysis, U.S. Waterborne Exports and General Imports: Annual 1998 (Washington, DC: July 2000); and personal communication, Dec. 20, 2000. Land--USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Surface Freight Data, 2000.