Table 3-24: Top 50 U.S. Foreign Trade Freight Gateways: 2011

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(Ranked by value of shipments in billions of dollars)

Gateway1 Mode Rank Exports Imports Total
Los Angeles, CA Water 1 44.2 170.4 214.6
New York, NY Water 2 56.9 150.2 207.1
John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY Air 3 96.1 93.8 189.9
Houston, TX Water 4 87.3 80.3 167.6
Long Beach, CA Water 5 34.4 119.0 153.4
Laredo, TX Land 6 67.9 77.0 144.9
Detroit, MI Land 7 65.8 55.1 120.9
Chicago, IL Air 8 35.9 79.6 115.5
Los Angeles International Airport, CA Air 9 40.5 42.7 83.2
Port Huron, MI Land 10 39.9 43.1 83.0
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Land 11 44.0 38.0 82.0
Savannah, GA Water 12 30.9 40.7 71.7
Miami International Airport, FL Air 13 40.9 20.1 61.0
El Paso, TX Land 14 26.8 33.1 59.9
New Orleans, LA Air 15 24.0 35.1 59.1
Charleston, SC Water 16 22.2 36.7 58.9
Norfolk, VA Water 17 28.2 29.5 57.7
Baltimore, MD Water 18 20.5 30.6 51.1
San Francisco International Airport, CA Air 19 26.5 23.8 50.3
Oakland, CA Water 20 18.1 28.0 46.1
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Air 21 17.0 28.6 45.6
Anchorage, AK Air 22 9.9 34.5 44.5
Seattle, WA Water 23 14.0 29.2 43.1
New Orleans, LA Water 24 23.2 19.2 42.4
Cleveland, OH Air 25 22.7 15.2 37.9
Atlanta, GA Air 26 13.4 23.8 37.2
Tacoma, WA Water 27 6.5 28.3 34.7
Morgan City, LA Water 28 0.3 33.9 34.2
Otay Mesa, CA Land 29 11.5 21.7 33.2
Beaumont, TX Water 30 7.1 25.2 32.2
Corpus Christie, TX Water 31 10.1 20.4 30.5
Gramercy, LA Water 32 14.9 11.7 26.6
Miami, FL Water 33 11.9 14.1 26.1
Texas City, TX Water 34 5.5 19.6 25.1
Philadelphia, PA Water 35 2.6 22.2 24.8
Hidalgo, TX Land 36 9.7 14.8 24.5
Champlain-Rouses Point, NY Land 37 10.1 14.1 24.3
Houston, TX Land 38 9.1 15.1 24.3
Port Everglades, FL Water 39 13.2 8.9 22.1
Nogales, AZ Land 40 8.1 14.0 22.1
Pembina, ND Land 41 13.0 9.1 22.1
Jacksonville, FL Water 42 10.8 10.1 20.9
Houston Intercontinental Airport, TX Air 43 10.3 9.9 20.2
San Juan International Airport, PR Air 44 10.4 9.6 20.1
Lake Charles, LA Water 45 4.3 15.5 19.8
Eagle Pass, TX Land 46 7.6 12.0 19.6
Blaine, WA Land 47 12.1 6.8 18.9
Washington, DC Air 48 4.8 13.4 18.2
Santa Teresa, NM Land 49 7.5 10.3 17.8
Sweetgrass, MT Land 50 9.4 7.9 17.2
Total top 50 gateways     1,162.1 1,745.8 2,907.9

1Gateway is any port, airport, or border crossing that provides access for the import or export of goods.

NOTES: All data: Trade levels reflect the mode of transportation as a shipment enters or exits at a border port. Flows through individual ports are based on reported data collected from U.S. trade documents. Trade does not include low-value shipments. (In general, these are imports valued at less than $1,250 and exports that are valued at less than $2,500). Air: Data for all air gateways include 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, and others) include major airport(s) in that geographic area in addition to small regional airports. In addition, due to U.S. Census Bureau confidentiality regulations, data for courier operations are included in the airport totals for JFK International Airport, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Chicago, and Anchorage.

SOURCES: Air-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, USA Trade Online, available at https://usatrade.census.gov/ as of October 2012. Land-U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data available at transborder.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder as of October 2012. Water-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Data Center, personal communication as of October 2012.