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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

         2013

  • 1st ranked US port in foreign tonnage
  • 7th ranked US container port by total TEUs in 2013
  • Largest Texas port with 46% of market share by tonnage and 95% market share in containers by total TEUS in 2013
  • Largest Gulf Coast container port, handling 66% of US Gulf Coast container traffic in 2013
  • 2nd ranked US port in terms of cargo value  waterborne (based on U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census)

      
         2012

  • 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* Sept 2014 Aug 2014 % Change YTD Sept 2014 YTD Sept 2013 % Change
Loaded Imports    65,304    69,652        -6%     545,766    470,252      16%
Loaded Exports    68,875    73,117        -6%     652,419    679,321      -4%
Loaded Total  134,179  142,769        -6%  1,198,185 1,149,573       4%
Empty Imports    12,302    14,918      -29%     157,035    250,975    -37%
Empty Exports    15,981    15,560         3%     115,196       92,843      24%
Empty Total    28,283    32,766       -14%     272,231     343,818     -21%
Total  162,462  175,535        -7%  1,470,416  1,493,391       -2%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated October 14, 2014

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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