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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* Aug 2014 July 2014 % Change YTD Aug 2014 YTD Aug 2013 % Change
Loaded Imports    69,652    66,788         4%     480,462    419,751      14%
Loaded Exports    73,117    73,988        -1%     583,544    610,980      -4%
Loaded Total  142,769  140,776         1%  1,064,006 1,030,731       3%
Empty Imports    14,918    17,206      -13%     144,733    229,981    -37%
Empty Exports    15,560    16,465        -5%       99,215       81,717      21%
Empty Total    30,478    33,671        -9%     243,948     311,698     -22%
Total  173,247  174,447        -1%  1,307,954  1,342,429       -3%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated September 15, 2014

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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