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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* Mar 2015 Feb 2015 % Change YTD Mar 2015 YTD Mar 2014 % Change
Loaded Imports    71,778    66,518         8%    208,572    160,726      30%
Loaded Exports    84,023    73,014        15%    221,394    216,104        2%
Loaded Total  155,801  139,532        12%    429,966    376,830       14%
Empty Imports    14,415    11,309        27%    38,495     67,164      -43%
Empty Exports    16,507    18,840       -12%     56,597     26,775     111%
Empty Total    30,922    30,149          3%     95,092     93,939         1%
Total  186,723  169,681        10%   525,058   470,769       12%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated April 18, 2015

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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