JOC Top 25 North American Container Ports in 2012

The JOC Top 25 North American ports in 2012 were 96.4 percent or 36.7 million TEUs of the 38 million TEUs in the North American laden container trade. The JOC Top 25 TEU 2012 volume increased 3 percent year-over-year, and all the North American ports rose 3.2 percent led by Mexican ports’ 12.5 percent growth and trailed by the U.S. ports’ 1.8 percent trade growth.

THE JOC TOP 25 NORTH AMERICAN CONTAINER PORTS IN 2012

Ranked by 2012 laden TEUs
RANK NORTH AMERICAN PORT LOCATION COAST 2012 TOTAL
MARKET SHARE
2011 2012 Y-O-Y % CHANGE
1 Los Angeles U.S. West 15.6% 6,019,537 5,940,201 -1.3%
2 Long Beach U.S. West 11.5% 4,345,616 4,370,783 0.6%
3 New York-New Jersey U.S. East 11.3% 4,307,466 4,303,850 -0.1%
4 Vancouver, B.C. Canada West 6.3% 2,234,310 2,398,198 7.3%
5 Georgia ports U.S. East 6.1% 2,284,940 2,304,410 0.9%
6 Virginia ports U.S. East 4.3% 1,483,486 1,653,069 11.4%
7 Oakland U.S. West 4.1% 1,558,973 1,552,035 -0.4%
8 Houston U.S. Gulf 4.0% 1,440,377 1,511,617 4.9%
9 Manzanillo Mexico West 3.9% 1,358,898 1,472,265 8.3%
10 Seattle U.S. West 3.3% 1,363,783 1,243,181 -8.8%
11 South Carolina ports U.S. East 3.2% 1,147,154 1,221,305 6.5%
12 Montreal Canada East 3.1% 1,219,116 1,187,629 -2.6%
13 Tacoma U.S. West 2.9% 886,073 1,095,802 23.7%
14 Lazaro Cardenas Mexico West 2.3% 686,842 887,966 29.3%
15 Jacksonville U.S. East 2.0% 737,683 745,384 1.0%
16 Miami U.S. East 1.9% 733,699 727,560 -0.8%
17 Port Everglades U.S. East 1.7% 635,586 661,445 4.1%
18 Altamira Mexico Gulf 1.6% 554,291 604,963 9.1%
19 Delaware River ports U.S. East 1.5% 528,498 553,960 4.8%
20 Baltimore U.S. East 1.4% 472,322 518,667 9.8%
21 Prince Rupert Canada West 1.2% 333,535 442,607 32.7%
22 Veracruz Mexico Gulf 1.1% 388,555 403,183 3.8%
23 Halifax Canada East 0.9% 336,028 349,549 4.0%
24 New Orleans U.S. Gulf 0.8% 307,124 302,710 -1.4%
25 North Carolina ports U.S. East 0.5% 227,905 202,765 -11.0%
TOTAL TOP 25 PORTS in NORTH AMERICA — Total Trade 100.0% 35,591,795 36,655,103 3.0%
Total U.S. ports in Top 25 — Total Trade 78.9% 28,480,221 28,908,744 1.5%
Total Canada ports in Top 25 — Total Trade 11.9% 4,122,989 4,377,983 6.2%
Total Mexico ports in Top 25 — Total Trade 9.2% 2,988,586 3,368,377 12.7%
TOTAL ALL NORTH AMERICA PORTS — Total Trade 100.0% 36,847,408 38,026,113 3.2%
Total all U.S. ports — Total Trade 79.0% 29,532,506 30,058,504 1.8%
Total all Canada ports — Total Trade 11.6% 4,164,219 4,421,762 6.2%
Total all Mexico ports — Total Trade 9.3% 3,150,684 3,545,847 12.5%

U.S. TEU count includes all international containerized oceanborne cargo loading or discharging at U.S. ports, and includes U.S. trade with Puerto Rico. Lakes cargo data only available in U.S. import data.

*Delaware River ports include Wilmington, Del; Camden, Gloucester, Paulsboro, Pennsauken, Salem, N.J.; Chester, Philadelphia, Pa.

Compiled by Marsha Salisbury, JOC research editor, msalisbury@joc.com, 973-776-7828.

Sources: Mexico — Ministry of Communications and Transportation; Canada — Ports, Web sites; JOC-PIERS monthly U.S. Port Rankings report for 2012

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