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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* Oct 2014 Sept 2014 % Change YTD Oct 2014 YTD Oct 2013 % Change
Loaded Imports    67,135    65,304         3%     612,901    529,526      16%
Loaded Exports    67,573    68,875        -2%     719,992    755,140      -5%
Loaded Total  134,708  134,179         0%  1,332,893 1,284,666       4%
Empty Imports     9,446    12,302      -23%     166,481    271,586    -39%
Empty Exports    20,443    15,981        28%     135,639    104,931      29%
Empty Total    29,889    28,283          6%     302,120    376,517     -20%
Total  164,597  162,462          1%  1,635,013  1,661,183       -2%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated November 13, 2014

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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