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Houston is a vibrant, growing, international city fueled by trade, which certainly shows in the Port of Houston Authority’s trade statistics. Use this page to learn more about the Port of Houston and its global connections. In-depth statistics are available near bottom of page.

Port of Houston Statistical Highlights

         2014

  • 1st ranked US port in foreign tonnage
  • 6th ranked US container port by total TEUs in 2014
  • Largest Texas port with 46% of market share by tonnage and 95% market share in containers by total TEUS in 2014
  • Largest Gulf Coast container port, handling 67% of US Gulf Coast container traffic in 2014
  • 2nd ranked US port in terms of total foreign cargo value (based on U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census)

      
         2013

  • 2nd ranked U.S. port in total tonnage

Sources: PHA Market Development, USACE Navigation Data Center (facts 1,2), Piers JOC, American Association of Port Authorities (facts 3, 4b, 5), U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Census, Customs Data from Census Bureau via USATradeOnline.com (facts 4a, 6)

Latest Monthly PHA Container TEUs - All Container Moves Incl. APM Houston

Houston TEUs* Dec 2015 Nov 2015 % Change YTD Dec 2015 YTD Dec 2014 % Change
Loaded Imports    63,658    56,716       12%    839,486    736,104      14%
Loaded Exports    76,486    68,688       11%    948,740    857,913      11%
Loaded Total  140,144  125,404       12%  1,788,226  1,594,017      12%
Empty Imports    15,631    11,190       40%    149,465    189,977     -21%
Empty Exports    12,737    10,649       20%    192,853    174,257      11%
Empty Total    28,368    21,839       30%    342,318    364,234       -6%
Total  168,512  147,243       14%   2,130,544  1,958,251        9%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated January 20, 2016

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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