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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* Jul 2016 Jun 2016 % Change YTD July 2016 YTD July 2015 % Change
Loaded Imports    80,056    77,392         3%      487,679    515,362      -5%
Loaded Exports    75,881    75,609         0%      548,231    579,071      -5%
Loaded Total  155,937  153,001         2%    1,035,910  1,094,433      -5%
Empty Imports    12,890    18,961        -32%      132,503     90,560      46%
Empty Exports    22,640    20,884         8%      108,973   123,015     -11%
Empty Total    35,530    39,845       -11%      241,476   213,575      13%
Total  191,467  192,846        -1%    1,277,386  1,308,008      -2%

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

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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