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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* Apr 2015 Mar 2015 % Change YTD Apr 2015 YTD Apr 2014 % Change
Loaded Imports    85,206    71,778        19%    293,778    216,727      36%
Loaded Exports    96,447    84,023        15%    317,394    285,157       11%
Loaded Total  181,653  155,801        17%    611,619    501,884       22%
Empty Imports    17,359    14,415        20%     55,854      77,560      -28%
Empty Exports    13,661    16,507       -17%     70,258      36,980       90%
Empty Total    31,020    30,922          0%    126,112     114,540       10%
Total  212,673  186,723        14%    737,731     616,424       20%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated May 20, 2015

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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