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Trade Statistics

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

         2015

  • 1st ranked US port in foreign tonnage
  • 6th ranked US container port by total TEUs in 2015
  • Largest Texas port with 44% of market share by tonnage and 95% market share in containers by total TEUS in 2015
  • Largest Gulf Coast container port, handling 68% of US Gulf Coast container traffic in 2015
  • 2nd ranked US port in terms of total foreign cargo value (based on U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census)

      
         2014

  • 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* May 2016 Apr 2016 % Change YTD May 2016 YTD May 2015 % Change
Loaded Imports    62,666    75,346       -17%      330,231   379,230     -13%
Loaded Exports    77,645    88,619       -12%      396,741   408,635      -3%
Loaded Total  140,311  163,965       -14%      726,972   787,865      -8%
Empty Imports    18,838    31,987       -41%      100,652     69,935      44%
Empty Exports    14,063    13,270         6%        65,449     92,806     -29%
Empty Total    32,901    45,257       -27%      166,101   162,741       2%
Total  173,212  209,222       -17%      893,073   950,606      -6%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated June 16, 2016.

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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