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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

         2014

  • 1st ranked US port in foreign tonnage
  • 6th ranked US container port by total TEUs in 2014
  • Largest Texas port with 46% of market share by tonnage and 95% market share in containers by total TEUS in 2014
  • Largest Gulf Coast container port, handling 67% of US Gulf Coast container traffic in 2014
  • 2nd ranked US port in terms of total foreign cargo value (based on U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census)

      
         2013

  • 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 2015 Jun 2015 % Change YTD July 2015 YTD July 2014 % Change
Loaded Imports    67,252    68,880        -2%    525,358    410,810      25%
Loaded Exports    86,159    84,277          2%    579,071    510,427      13%
Loaded Total  153,411  153,157          0%  1,094,429    921,237       19%
Empty Imports    12,095      8,530        42%     90,560    129,815      -30%
Empty Exports    12,405    17,804       -30%    123,015      83,655       47%
Empty Total    24,500    36,334         -7%    213,575    213,470        0%
Total  177,911  179,491         -1%   1,308,004  1,134,707       15%

Source: PHA Accounting, PHA Market Development
*PHA containers only. Chart last updated August 19, 2015

Statistical Data in Depth (Links to PDFs)

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