CKPro_3882_060smallHouston is a vibrant, growing, international city fueled by trade, which certainly shows in the port’s trade statistics. Use this page to learn more about the port and its global connections. In-depth statistics are available near the bottom of this page.

Statistical Highlights

  • 1st ranked U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage
  • 3rd ranked U.S. port in terms of total foreign cargo value (based on U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Census)
  • 6th ranked U.S. container port by total TEUs in 2017
  • Largest Gulf Coast container port, handling 68% of U.S. Gulf Coast container traffic in 2017
  • Largest Texas port with 45% of market share by tonnage and 96% market share in containers by total TEUs in 2017
  • 2nd ranked U.S. port in total tonnage

Sources: USACE Navigation Data Center (facts 1,2), JOC PIERS, American Association of Port Authorities (facts 3, 4b, 5), U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Census, Customs Data from Census Bureau. 


Note: Totals do not include empty containers. Source: Port Houston Marketing and External Communications Dept., Journal of Commerce

Note: Totals include empty containers. Source: Port Houston Accounting and Marketing and External Communications Dept.

Source: Port Houston Accounting and Marketing and External Communications Dept.

Statistical Data in Depth 

Questions or Comments?

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