Table 11 Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports: 1995-2001

Table 11
Top 10 U.S. Maritime Container Ports: 1995-2001

(Thousands of TEUs)

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Port 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Average number of TEUs per day (2001) Change, 1995-2001 ($) Average annual growth rate %
Los Angeles, CA 1,849 1,873 2,085 2,293 2,552 3,228 3,425 9,384 85.2 10.8
Long Beach, CA 2,137 2,357 2,673 2,852 3,048 3,204 3,199 8,765 49.7 7.0
New York, NY/NJ 1,537 1,533 1,738 1,884 2,027 2,200 2,332 6,388 51.7 7.2
Charleston, SC 758 801 955 1,035 1,170 1,246 1,156 3,166 52.5 7.3
Oakland, CA 919 803 843 902 915 989 960 2,630 4.5 0.7
Norfolk, VA 647 681 770 793 829 850 885 2,424 36.7 5.4
Seattle, WA 993 939 953 976 962 960 824 2,257 -17.0 -3.1
Savannah, GA 445 456 529 558 624 720 813 2,226 82.6 10.6
Houston, TX 489 538 609 657 714 733 778 2,132 59.1 8.0
Miami, FL 497 505 624 602 618 684 717 1,964 44.2 6.3
All other ports 3,057 4,308 3,777 3,005 3,106 3,124 2,993 8,200 -2.1 -0.4
Total, top 10 ports 10,271 10,486 11,779 12,552 13,458 14,814 15,088 41,337 46.9 6.6
Top 10 % of total 77.1 70.9 75.7 80.7 81.2 82.6 83.4      
Total, all ports1 13,328 14,794 15,556 15,556 16,564 17,938 18,081 49,537 35.7 5.2

1 Includes all container ports in the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

NOTE: TEUS = 20-foot equivalent units. One 20-foot container equals 1 TEU while one 40-foot container equals 2 TEUs. The data in this table include only loaded containers engaged in U.S. international maritime activity. Data include U.S. imports, exports, and transshipments. Transshipments neither originate nor are destined for the United States but pass through it from one foreign country to another. For example, an automobile component shipped from Japan and destined for Mexico, may pass through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before being trucked to Mexico. Therefore the trade levels will be greater than those reported in U.S. international trade statistics, which exclude transshipments. The data also exclude military shipments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, may 2002; based on Journal of Commerce, Port Import/Export Reporting Service (PIERS), 2001 PIERS data.