5-8 Top 20 U.S. Foreign Trade Freight Gateways by Value of Shipments: 2008

5-8 Top 20 U.S. Foreign Trade Freight Gateways by Value of Shipments: 2008

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(Billions of current dollars)

Rank Gateway Exports Imports Total
1 New York, NY and NJ (w) 51.0 138.4 189.4
2 Los Angeles, CA (w) 33.6 148.7 182.4
3 JFK International Airport, NY (a) 85.5 82.4 167.9
4 Long Beach, CA (w) 32.8 119.2 152.0
5 Houston, TX (w) 68.5 78.2 146.7
6 Detroit, MI (l) 66.5 53.7 120.2
7 Laredo, TX (l) 53.9 61.8 115.8
8 Chicago, IL (a) 35.9 61.2 97.0
9 Port Huron, MI (l) 35.2 46.0 81.2
10 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (l) 40.3 40.5 80.8
11 Los Angeles Intl. Airport, CA (a) 41.3 37.0 78.3
12 Charleston, SC (w) 22.3 39.9 62.1
13 Savannah, GA (w) 22.8 36.0 58.8
14 Norfolk, VA (w) 26.5 29.9 56.3
15 San Francisco Int'l Airport, CA (a) 26.6 26.2 52.8
16 El Paso, TX (l) 20.2 28.0 48.2
17 Baltimore, MD (w) P 16.1 29.0 45.1
18 New Orleans, LA (a) 19.9 25.1 45.0
19 New Orleans, LA (w) 20.2 21.4 41.7
20 Anchorage, AK (a) 10.2 31.2 41.4

Key: a = airport; l = land port; w = water port; P = preliminary.

Notes: Air gateways include a low level (generally less than 3% of the total value) of freight shipped through small user-fee airports located in the same area as the gateways listed. Air gateways not identified by airport name (e.g., Chicago, IL) include major airport(s) in that area and small regional airports. Due to Census Bureau confidentiality regulations, courier operations are included in airport totals for only JFK, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Anchorage. Data for Baltimore are preliminary.

Sources: Air-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, special tabulation, September 2009. Water-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Data Center, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, special tabulation, September 2009. Land-U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, TransBorder Freight Data as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 1-47, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 2010.