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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

         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 cargo value waterborne (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* Jan 2015 Dec 2014 % Change YTD Jan 2015 YTD Jan 2014 % Change
Loaded Imports    70,276    59,629        18%       70,276     54,182      30%
Loaded Exports    64,357    67,661        -5%       64,357     74,983     -14%
Loaded Total  134,633  127,290          6%     134,633   129,165        4%
Empty Imports    12,771     11,907          7%      12,771     27,402     -53%
Empty Exports    21,250    17,738         20%      21,250       9,957     113%
Empty Total    34,021    29,645         15%      34,021     37,359       -9%
Total  168,654  156,935           7%    168,654    166,524        1%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated February 24, 2015

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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