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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* July 2014 June 2014 % Change YTD July 2014 YTD July 2013 % Change
Loaded Imports    66,788    60,636       10%     410,810    359,626      14%
Loaded Exports    73,988    76,244        -3%     510,427    531,771      -4%
Loaded Total  140,776  136,880         3%     921,237    891,397       3%
Empty Imports    17,206    19,990      -14%     129,815    206,865     -37%
Empty Exports    16,465    15,550         6%       83,655       67,267       24%
Empty Total    33,671    35,540        -5%     213,470     274,132     -22%
Total  174,447  172,430          1%  1,134,707  1,165,529        -3%

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

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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