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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* Aug 2016 Jul 2016 % Change YTD Aug 2016 YTD Aug 2015 % Change
Loaded Imports    79,849    80,056         0%      567,528    585,177      -3%
Loaded Exports    76,507    75,881         1%      624,738    656,677      -5%
Loaded Total  156,356  155,937         0%    1,192,266  1,241,844      -4%
Empty Imports    11,740    12,890        -9%      144,243   102,164      41%
Empty Exports    15,592    22,640       -31%      124,565   138,971     -10%
Empty Total    27,332    35,530       -23%      268,808   241,135      11%
Total  183,688  191,467        -4%    1,461,074  1,482,979      -1%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Marketing and External Communications
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated September 20, 2016

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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