TABLE 2-4-7 - U.S. Foreign Waterborne Freight: January 2008-June 2009

TABLE 2-4-7 - U.S. Foreign Waterborne Freight: January 2008-June 2009

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Tonnage of U.S. waterborne imports and exports (monthly, not seasonally adjusted)

  Metric tons (thousands)
January 2008 116,958
February 2008 110,072
March 2008 111,066
April 2008 115,603
May 2008 116,779
June 2008 118,578
July 2008 122,937
August 2008 119,100
September 2008 107,964
October 2008 121,714
November 2008 105,573
December 2008 111,373
January 2009 105,683
February 2009 90,112
March 2009 101,643
April 2009 98,033
May 2009 98,033
June 2009 99,988

NOTES: 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.

A metric ton is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.

SOURCES: April 1998December 2005: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, U.S. Foreign Waterborne Transportation Statistics Data, September 2006; January 2006June 2009: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics, available at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/index.html as of December 2009.