Top 25 North American Ports

Top 25 North American Ports

Overall North American trade totaled 39 million laden 20-foot-equivalent units in 2013, led by U.S. ports with 30.8 million TEUs. Canadian ports accounted for 11.8 percent of the market, and Mexican ports 9.2 percent.

Five U.S. ports or groups of ports led the way in total trade growth among North American ports in 2013: Tacoma, Long Beach, Virginia, the Delaware River ports and the North Carolina ports. This marked a substantial change from 2012, when the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas and the Canadian port of Prince Rupert led the way with double-digit gains.

Special Coverage

JOC Top 25 North American Ports in 2013: Imports
What a difference a year makes. In 2012, Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, dominated other JOC Top 25 North American container ports, with double-digit growth in exports, imports and total trade. The story was much different in 2013.

News & Analysis

17 Nov 2014
As Los Angeles-Long Beach remains mired in congestion, Savannah is in cruise control, handling double-digit increases in imports, much faster growth than the national U.S. average, and doing so with nary a sign of delays.
13 Nov 2014
The G6 Alliance carriers have added a call at the port of Charleston on one of its U.S. East Coast-North Europe services, increasing the frequency of weekly post-Panamax vessel calls to the South Carolina port.
West Coast ports chart
31 Oct 2014
Despite nine months that included historic congestion, rumblings of diversions and the lack of a West Coast port contract, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach nabbed a bigger piece of the West Coast volume pie through the first three quarters of 2014.
 Kansas City Southern Railway
24 Oct 2014
Kansas City Southern Railway is talking with ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners about diverting shipments bound for the U.S. Gulf region away from congestion-wracked Los Angeles-Long Beach to the Port of Lazaro Cardenas in south-central Mexico.
24 Oct 2014
While the Port of Tacoma reported year-over-year growth in container volumes in September, Seattle suffered another month of double-digit volume decline.
17 Oct 2014
Congestion-caused delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market to inland distribution points.


The Panama Canal expansion has triggered some serious consideration about a port’s place in the new world order of larger ships and the place of its neighbor(s).