Prince Rupert, British Columbia, was the fastest-growing container port in North America in 2011, ramping up its export strategy and spiking 59.1 percent export growth year-over-year. Overall trade at the port grew 30 percent from 2010.
While 2011 imports moving through Prince Rupert’s 4-year-old container port spiked 20.5 percent year-over-year, that was only good enough for second place among the fastest-growing import ports. Lazaro Cardenas in western Mexico claimed the top spot with a 25.9 percent jump in imports.
Ports in the U.S. handled more than 80 percent of the laden North American container trade. The ever-stalwart statistic in the North America container trade continues to be the combined share of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Southern California ports accounted for 33.7 percent of North American imports, 20.7 percent of exports and 28.1 percent of the total trade.
Overall North American trade in 2011 totaled 36.9 million laden 20-foot equivalent units, led by U.S. ports with 29.6 million TEUs and an 80.2 percent share; Canadian ports at 4.2 million TEUs and an 11.3 percent share; and Mexican ports at 3.2 million TEUs, and an 8.5 percent share.
Mexico’s container ports, while placing last among the three North American trade partners in 2011 market share, saw combined export-import container volume spike 15.8 percent year-over-year. Growth south of the border outperformed overall North American ports at 5.2 percent, Canadian ports at 4.6 percent and U.S. ports at 4.3 percent growth.
Mexico’s ports led North American export growth, with a 15.3 percent year-over-year increase, outperforming overall North American port export growth of 6.8 percent. Exports through U.S. ports increased 6.1 percent and Canadian ports saw 5.7 percent export growth.
U.S. ports handled the lion’s share of North American exports in 2011. Of the total 15.8 million laden TEUs moving overseas, U.S. ports handled 12.5 million, a 78.7 percent share. Exports through Canadian ports totaled nearly 2 million TEUs, for a 12.4 percent share, and Mexican ports moved 1.4 million TEUs in exports, accounting for 8.9 percent.
Mexican container ports again led in 2011 import comparisons with a 16.2 percent year-over-year spike, outperforming overall North American import growth of 4 percent. Imports through Canadian ports grew
3.6 percent and through U.S. ports, 3 percent.
Overall North American imports in 2011 totaled 21.1 million laden TEUs, led by U.S. ports at 17.1 million TEUs and an 81.3 percent share; Canadian ports at 2.2 million and a 10.5 percent share; and Mexican ports at 1.7 million, an 8.3 percent share.
Imports drove North American trade in 2011 with 57.1 percent of overall volume, 57.9 percent of the U.S. port volume, 55.2 percent of Mexican port volume and 52.9 percent of Canadian volume.
Contact Marsha Salisbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.