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.

2017 Statistical Highlights for the greater Port of Houston complex

  • 1st ranked U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage – 173 million short tons
  • 2nd ranked U.S. port in total foreign and domestic waterborne tonnage – 260 million short tons 
  • 3rd ranked U.S. port in terms of total foreign cargo value 

2018 Statistical Highlights for the greater Port of Houston complex

  • 6th ranked U.S. container port by total TEUs
  • Largest Gulf Coast container port, handling 69% of U.S. Gulf Coast container traffic
  • Largest Texas port with 45% of market share by tonnage and 96% market share in containers

Sources: USACE Navigation Data Center (facts 1,2), U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Census, Customs Data from Census Bureau (fact 3), Journal of Commerce PIERS (facts 4 and 5), American Association of Port Authorities (fact 6).


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: Journal of Commerce Piers Data

Statistical Data in Depth 

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