International waterborne container traffic, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), helps identify container traffic trends affecting ports and related intermodal freight demand.
The majority of container traffic involves manufactured goods.
The top 10 U.S. container ports handle 83 percent of U.S. container traffic.
|U.S. International Container Traffic||Q1 01||Q1 02|
|Total Waterborne TEUs (thousands)||4,294||2,917|
|Percent change from same quarter previous year||2.75||-32.07|
NOTES: The current value is compared to the value for the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.
SOURCE: Journal of Commerce, Port Import/Export Reporting Service (PIERS) data.