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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* Jun 2016 May 2016 % Change YTD June 2016 YTD June 2015 % Change
Loaded Imports    77,392    62,666        23%      407,623   448,110      -9%
Loaded Exports    75,609    77,645        -3%      472,350   492,912      -4%
Loaded Total  153,001  140,311         9%      879,973   941,002      -6%
Empty Imports    18,961    18,838         1%      119,613     78,465      52%
Empty Exports    20,884    14,063        49%        86,333   110,610     -22%
Empty Total    39,845    32,901        21%      205,946   189,075       9%
Total  192,846  173,212        11%    1,085,919  1,130,097      -4%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated June 16, 2016.

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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