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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

         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* Mar 2014 Feb 2014 % Change YTD Mar 2014 YTD Mar 2013 % Change
Loaded Imports    60,443    46,101       31%  160,726  141,291      14%
Loaded Exports    77,955    63,166       23%  216,104  227,893      -5%
Loaded Total  138,398  109,267       27%  376,830  369,184       2%
Empty Imports    19,146    20,616       -7%    67,164    85,898     -22%
Empty Exports      9,743      7,075       38%    26,775    24,827        8%
Empty Total    28,889    27,691          4%    93,939  110,725     -15%
Total  167,287  136,958        22%  470,769  479,909        -2%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated April 16, 2014

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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