JOC Top 25 North American Container Ports in 2012 — Exports

The JOC Top 25 North American ports in 2012 accounted for 95.8 percent or 15.4 million TEUs of the 16.1 million TEUs of all North American container ports in laden container exports. Altogether, the North American ports were up 1.7 percent led by Mexican port growth of 11.8 percent with U.S. ports trailing at 0.6 percent. The Port of Palm Beach joined the JOC Top 25 in 2012 exports, rising as North Carolina ports fell out of the export rankings.

THE JOC TOP 25 NORTH AMERICAN CONTAINER PORTS IN 2012 — EXPORTS

Ranked by 2012 laden TEUs
RANK NORTH AMERICAN PORT LOCATION COAST 2012 EXPORTS
MARKET SHARE
2011 2012 Y-O-Y % CHANGE
1 Los Angeles U.S. West 11.7% 1,960,416 1,887,281 -3.7%
2 New York-New Jersey U.S. East 9.4% 1,577,392 1,516,119 -3.9%
3 Long Beach U.S. West 8.2% 1,313,808 1,322,306 0.6%
4 Georgia ports U.S. East 7.6% 1,212,472 1,228,392 1.3%
5 Vancouver, B.C. Canada West 6.5% 999,725 1,048,824 4.9%
6 Houston U.S. Gulf 5.5% 873,898 884,916 1.3%
7 Virginia ports U.S. East 5.2% 756,400 835,511 10.5%
8 Oakland U.S. West 5.0% 816,641 801,273 -1.9%
9 Manzanillo Mexico West 3.8% 554,722 616,900 11.2%
10 Montreal Canada East 3.7% 639,210 598,469 -6.4%
11 South Carolina ports U.S. East 3.5% 545,291 571,057 4.7%
12 Jacksonville U.S. East 3.3% 527,903 526,551 -0.3%
13 Seattle U.S. West 3.2% 591,129 517,220 -12.5%
14 Tacoma U.S. West 2.7% 366,073 442,099 20.8%
15 Port Everglades U.S. East 2.4% 376,405 390,586 3.8%
16 Miami U.S. East 2.3% 387,726 373,090 -3.8%
17 Lazaro Cardenas Mexico West 2.2% 276,192 353,862 28.1%
18 Veracruz, Veracruz Mexico Gulf 1.6% 255,468 261,226 2.3%
19 Altamira Mexico Gulf 1.5% 225,764 235,840 4.5%
20 New Orleans U.S. Gulf 1.4% 220,431 222,480 0.9%
21 Baltimore U.S. East 1.2% 167,823 199,639 19.0%
22 Halifax Canada East 1.2% 200,639 197,582 -1.5%
23 Delaware River ports U.S. East 1.0% 156,881 161,200 2.8%
24 Prince Rupert Canada West 0.8% 100,389 124,542 24.1%
25 Palm Beach U.S. East 0.7% 99,084 108,957 10.0%
TOTAL TOP 25 PORTS in NORTH AMERICA — Exports 100.0% 15,201,880 15,425,923 1.5%
Total U.S. ports in Top 25 — Exports 77.7% 11,949,772 11,988,679 0.3%
Total Canada ports in Top 25 — Exports 12.8% 1,939,963 1,969,417 1.5%
Total Mexico ports in Top 25 — Exports 9.5% 1,312,146 1,467,828 11.9%
TOTAL ALL NORTH AMERICA PORTS — Exports 100.0% 15,838,457 16,105,470 1.7%
Total all U.S. ports — Exports 77.9% 12,469,290 12,540,323 0.6%
Total all Canada ports — Exports 12.4% 1,959,362 1,989,111 1.5%
Total all Mexico ports — Exports 9.8% 1,409,805 1,576,036 11.8%

U.S. TEU count includes all international containerized oceanborne cargo loading 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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