Vessels Docking at Barbours Cut Container TerminalHouston 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.

Officially Ranked the #1 Port

  • Number 1 U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage 
  • Number 1 U.S. port in total foreign and domestic waterborne tonnage 
  • Number 3 U.S. port in terms of total foreign cargo value 

2020 Statistical Highlights for Port Houston

  • 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 96% market share in containers

2020 Statistical Highlights for the Houston Ship Channel complex

  • Largest Texas port with 40% of market share by tonnage

Sources: Journal of Commerce PIERS data (facts 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Note: Totals do not include empty containers. Source: Port Houston Research and Forecasting Dept., Journal of Commerce

Note: Totals include empty containers. Source: Port Houston Accounting and Research and Forecasting Departments


Source: Journal of Commerce Piers Data

Statistical Data in Depth 

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