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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

         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* Dec 2014 Nov 2014 % Change YTD Dec 2014 YTD Dec 2013 % Change
Loaded Imports    59,629    62,275        -4%     734,805    628,133      17%
Loaded Exports    67,661    68,492        -1%     856,145    894,361      -4%
Loaded Total  127,290  130,767         -3%  1,590,950 1,522,494       4%
Empty Imports    11,907      9,521         25%     187,909    307,125    -39%
Empty Exports    17,738    18,852         -6%     172,229    122,503      41%
Empty Total    29,645    28,373          4%     360,138    429,628     -16%
Total  156,935  159,140         -1%  1,951,088  1,952,122        0%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated January 20, 2015

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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