TABLE 3-6 - U.S. Foreign Waterborne Freight: January 2009-September 2010

TABLE 3-6 - U.S. Foreign Waterborne Freight: January 2009-September 2010

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

  Metric tons (thousands)
January 2009 105,683
February 2009 90,112
March 2009 101,643
April 2009 98,033
May 2009 98,033
June 2009 99,988
July 2009 102,577
August 2009 98,347
September 2009 102,538
October 2009 102,230
November 2009 99,452
December 2009 103,180
January 2010 100,240
February 2010 94,891
March 2010 108,785
April 2010 109,433
May 2010 109,320
June 2010 110,989
July 2010 113,795
August 2010 116,427
September 2010 109,778

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.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics, FT920 - U.S. Merchandise Trade: Selected Highlights, Exhibit 3 and Exhibit 9, available at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/index.html as of December 2010.